Mexico City, Mexico — Celebrations began around Mexico late last night when early counts revealed the lead López Obrador had on the other candidates, a lead which only grew as ballots were counted.
With a landslide win with more than 53 percent of the votes, the new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, made a public speech last night in Mexico City where he acknowledged the early advantage he had over the others during the counting of the Sunday elections.
“We won! Smile, celebrate and enjoy, the fourth transformation is coming. Thanks to everyone, we are not going to let you down! See you in the Zócalo,” wrote the president of the National Executive Committee of Morena, Yeidckol Polevnsky, on his Twitter account.
The candidate of the Senate coalition, Martí Batres, expressed his gratitude to the people of Mexico. “It is a victory for Mexican society, but it is also a triumph won by the titanic effort of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.”
Within two hours of polls closing, his three rivals conceded defeat. The other presidential candidates, José Antonio Meade, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón and Ricardo Anaya Cortés, openly recognized their loss last night as the numbers rolled in.
During his speech, López Obrador promised to tackle violence and wipe out corruption, which he said was the “result of a political regime in decay.”
“We are absolutely certain that this evil is the principle cause of social inequality and of economic inequality,” he said adding “Because of corruption, violence has erupted in our country.”
He also said he will pursue a peace plan with representatives of the United Nations, human rights and religious organizations to help tackle the murder rate, which soared to an all-time high under Peña Nieto.
Critics have long-accused Peña Nieto of failing to adequately deal with crime, corruption and economic inequality.
President Enrique Peña Nieto called Lopez Obrador to congratulate him and pledged to help him carry out an orderly transition.
US President Donald Trump congratulated López Obrador. “There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico,” Trump said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also congratulated the new Mexican leader, saying the two countries “share common goals, strong people to people ties, and a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world.”
“I look forward to working closely with President-elect López Obrador, his administration and the Mexican Congress to build on the vibrant partnership between our two countries, create economic growth that works for everyone, and advance human rights and equality,” Trudeau said.
Lopez Obrador, 64, is the former mayor of Mexico City and began his political career as a member of ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), later joined the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution and more recently formed his own party,
This was the third time Andrés Manuel López Obrador has run for president. He will take office on December 1 and become the 58th president of Mexico.