Lopez Obrador vows to govern Mexico ‘honestly and justly’

July 2, 2018 GMT

Longtime leftist populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador assured Mexican voters he will follow through on promises to fight corruption in the wake of his historic landslide victory in the presidential election Sunday.

Thousands of supporters gathered in Zcalo Square in Mexico City to hear the election winner give his victory speech.

“I will govern honestly and justly. I will not fail you,” Mr. Lopez Obrador told his jubilant backers.

Mr. Lopez Obrador promised on the campaign trail to champion the middle class in Mexico by fighting against corruption and violence, saying he was determined to take on the nation’s long-entrenched political elite.

This year’s presidential election saw over 130 candidates and party workers assassinated, placing heavy importance on the president-elect’s promises to combat skyrocketing levels of violence in the country.

With 53 percent of the votes counted on Monday morning, Mr. Lopez Obrador’s holds 53.6 percent of the vote, comfortably in line with Sunday’s quick-count sample.

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President Trump, who has has a fraught relationship with the outgoing administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto over issues such as trade and immigration, struck a more positive note in offering congratulations to Mr. Lopez Obrador via Twitter.

“Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!” Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday.