Leftist who promised to take on corruption and the establishment wins Mexico presidency in a landslide
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO, the former leftist Mexico City mayor, won Sunday’s presidential election with the largest vote difference in four decades. This landslide victory defied the interests of Mexico’s political establishment, which has given many every day Mexicans hope.
“It is time for a change, it’s time to go with López Obrador, and see what happens,” Juan de Dios Rodríguez, a 70 year old farmer in the state of Hidalgo and longtime supporter of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, which has dominated politics in Mexico for nearly his entire life, told the New York Times. “This will be my first time voting for a different party.”
AMLO’s core campaign tenets include ending corruption and poverty. His leftist politics are popular with the Mexican people, as he won with a 53% of the votes—a 30% higher margin than the second most popular candidate, Anaya.
Victor Gómez, one of AMLO’s celebratory supporters, told the Guardian after Sunday’s election, “I still can’t believe it… We’ve seen too many years of cynicism; too many years of theft, of lies, of hypocrisy. I want to believe things can change.”
“We know it is just a small step. We know that even as president Amlo won’t magically end corruption,” Javier Giménez clarified for the publication. However, Giménez beams that AMLO’s victory is a “profound change” to challenge the oppressive status quo.