The Argentine government released a statement expressing its recognition of Mexico’s elections which took place yesterday and congratulating the President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also referred to as AMLO.
¡Felicitamos a #México por las elecciones! Seguiremos trabajando para profundizar la relación bilateral y construir una América Latina estable, integrada y democrática. ???? pic.twitter.com/h73AJ0eZmM
— Cancillería Argentina ?? (@CancilleriaARG) July 2, 2018
According to polls, López Obrador was the favorite to win, and he did not disappoint, emerging victorious with around 53.5 percent of the votes. Sometimes described in the United States as the “Mexican Bernie Sanders,” he promised during his campaign “profound changes” for the country, “without dictatorship.”
In his first speech after the results were released, AMLO talked about his will to “banish corruption from the country,” and the fights he would undertake against the mafia. At the same time, Claudia Sheinbaum, who comes from the same political party, was elected the first female Mayor of Mexico City.
In a country largely dominated by the right-wing, it is a historical win for the left. The former president, Enrique Peña Nieto, had a center-right policy which did not convince the population. The candidate from the same party, the IRP (Institutional Revolutionary Party) only finished third, with 16 percent of the votes. Ricardo Anaya Cortés, a young conservative candidate known for his long economic presentation on YouTube finished second, totaling 22 percent of the votes.
In its statement, the Argentine government said it hoped to deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries, to build a “stable, integrated, and democracy-based” Latin America: “Argentina highlights this new expression of democratic maturity from the Mexicans, who expressed their will to continue their development and progress, placing their trust in Andrés Manuel López Obrador.”
Already a candidate in both 2006 and 2012, AMLO was described in the Argentine media as a “Peronist“, “The François Mitterand of Mexico” or the “Mexican Hugo Chávez“, depending on the political agenda of the newspaper.