What Mexico's new leader really thinks about Donald Trump


All had Lopez Obrador winning more than 40 percent of the vote in the single-round race, well ahead of his rivals.

Mexico is now renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement - known as NAFTA - with the United States and Canada. The former Mexico City mayor, who has held double-digit leads in polling for months, campaigned on increased social spending and opposition to private investment in the country's energy sector.

"If they do, we're going to be living in a dictatorship", Felix said in the report.

She said Lopez Obrador was also weighing decriminalising drug consumption and launching a truth-and-reconciliation process.

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He left in a decidedly more presidential luxury SUV - though he rolled down the windows to wave to adoring supporters - underscoring that the man who spent the last 12 years as a persistent government critic from outside the halls of power must now govern amid considerable challenges for the country, and deliver on ambitious but vaguely outlined campaign promises.

The president-elect said he would seek "a relationship of friendship and cooperation" with Mexico's northern neighbour, but one based on "mutual respect". And efforts to update the North American Trade Agreement have stalled, raising concerns that negotiations could drag into next year.

It is a major shift in Mexican politics: the PRI and PAN have governed for almost a century, and Lopez Obrador will be the country's first leftist president in recent history. Lopez Obrador, who founded the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), follows in the populist tradition, and vowed to fight fire with fire when it comes to Trump.

"While Obrador's victory may ease concerns of political instability, there still remains a thick smog of uncertainty over Mexico's economic outlook", said Lukman Otunuga of FXTM. He won 53 percent of the vote in the election and has the political capital necessary to end decades of passive foreign policy and re-assert Mexico's sovereignty. The central state of Guanajuato was expected to go to a candidate of the conservative National Action Party.

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Lopez Obrador has repeatedly promised just that, though some businesspeople have been skeptical. "I recognize his victory, I have already talked to him and wish hum success in the work for the benefit of Mexico", Anaya said.

While what he does on the domestic front will surely be important, his administration will be defined by his approach to dealing with the United States. Indeed, AMLO has compared Trump's attacks on Mexicans to the way Hitler and the Nazis talked about Jews and called the American president "erratic and arrogant". Independent candidate Jaime Rodriguez had five percent.

Much remains to be determined about how Lopez Obrador's often nebulous campaign proposals will manifest themselves in government.

Moody's said in a note: "The outcome of Sunday's elections leaves Mexico at an uncertain, and potentially critical, juncture". Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins and South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham both say they'll oppose any nominee who is openly hostile to Roe v. Wade. In a victory speech following the vote, the 64-year-old struck a unifying tone while saying that his government will give preference to the poor.

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