Mexico elects its new President López Obrador

Andres Manuel López Obrador won a landslide victory during the presidential elections held on Sunday, July 1. 64-year old Obrador won more than 53% of votes. In three decades he is the first President to gain more than 50% of votes share.

He is the first leftist President to be elected in decades. The president-elect will take charge later this year on December 1 as per the Constitution of Mexico.

“I confess that I have a legitimate ambition: I want to go down in history as a good president of Mexico,” said Lopez Obrador. “This new national project will seek to establish an authentic democracy and we do not intend to establish a dictatorship. The changes will be profound, but in accordance with established order,” Lopez Obrador said.

Andres Manuel López Obrador founded National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), a left-wing political party in Mexico. MORENA was formally registered as a political party in 2014. Obrador led the party untill December 12, 2017 and was succeeded by Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz, as Obrador registered himself for the party’s nomination for presidential elections.

The current President is Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office on December 1, 2012. Mexican presidents are limited to a single six-year term and cannot be re-elected according to the Constitution of Mexico.

The constitution and the office of the President closely follow the presidential system of government.


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