Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he get it done?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he get it done?

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Over 30 million Mexicans voted for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when you look at the country’s July 1 presidential election, handing the previous Mexico City mayor a landslide triumph over three opponents with 53 per cent of this vote.

Lopez Obrador’s agenda – to root down corruption, reduce violence, reconsider Mexico’s fuel and power policy, welcome migrants and spur development in impoverished areas – is ambitious in this usually conservative Latin American country.

Lopez Obrador has run for president twice on a comparable platform, in 2006 and 2012. Continue reading “Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he get it done?”