Andrés Manuel López Obrador, more commonly known as AMLO, has won Mexico’s presidential election in a landslide victory.
The leftist candidate ran on a platform promising “authentic democracy,” and has vowed to combat the rampant corruption and violence that has marked Mexican politics for so many years.
This past year has been the deadliest in Mexican history for its politicians, with 136 having been assassinated since last September.
López Obrador, in his third presidential bid, clinched the election with a 53% majority — more than twice that of his closest opponent.
His election will usher in the first liberal government in Mexico in decades.
Speculation surrounding the future relationship between López Obrador and the U.S. president is already rampant, with much of the focus centered on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which neither leader has expressed great support for.
López Obrador’s priority will be protecting the Mexican agricultural industry and its farmers.
Another point of suspected contention is immigration, which has been a hot-button topic in the United States for the last month with thousands of people rallying this past weekend to protest the administration’s immigration policy.
López Obrador has said that he wants to demilitarize Mexico’s southern border, which has been galvanized under previous administrations to counter the influx of Guatemalan and other South American refugees and asylum seekers.
In a similar vein, López Obrador has also said that he wants to demilitarize the government’s approach to the war on drugs, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and disappearances.
All in all, it is very likely that we will see immense change coming from our neighbors to the south, and it will be very interesting to see how our president responds to Mexico’s new leadership.