July 1, 2018
Mexico’s leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (called by his initials AMLO) declared victory late Sunday night after preliminary election results indicated he had won in a landslide.
Lopez Obrador won’t officially take power until December 1.
AMLO vowed to bring profound change and a roll back of the privatization of energy markets, but said individual and property rights will be guaranteed.
He’s estimated to have received more than 53% of the vote, more than twice that of his nearest rival, the country’s electoral commission said.
Two Mexican news outlets said current President Enrique Peña Nieto called Lopez Obrador shortly before the announcement to congratulate him, promising to help with an orderly transition.
President Donald Trump congratulated AMLO in a tweet, saying he looked forward to working with him.
“Today, they have recognized our victory,” Lopez Obrador, known by his initials AMLO, told a crowd of jubilant supporters at an event in Mexico City late Sunday local time.