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Mexico: Latin American, World Leaders React to AMLO’s Victory

Several ex-Latin American leaders and other left-leaning politicians from around the world showed support for AMLO ahead of his victory at the polls.

Several former and current heads of state and government congratulated Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on his stunning victory in Sunday’s general elections, where preliminary results showed he would win the Presidential election with over 50% of the votes cast.

The Morena party’s leftist candidate won the presidency with an estimated 53% of the vote, according to a preliminary Quick Count released by the electoral authority, National Electoral Institute (INE). Several ex-Latin American leaders and other left-leaning politicians from around the world showed support for AMLO.

Many of the officials took to Twitter to hail AMLO on a resounding triumph at the polls.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro congratulated Lopez Obrador and the Mexican people on the victory saying it should signal a new beginning for the country. Maduro also called for the victory to open “broad avenues of sovereignty and friendship” between the peoples of Venezuela and Mexico.

Later in an official release, Maduro said the challenges facing the Mexican people would be tremendous but stated his belief that “the new Mexican leadership will face them strength and independence” while “guaranteeing the social rights of the People of Emiliano Zapata and Benito Juárez” supported AMLO and gave him victory.

He added: “Venezuela aspires to build together with the new Mexican government solid bilateral relations, based on integral cooperation, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the self-determination of our Peoples.”

Calling Lopez Obrador a brother as he hailed his “overwhelming victory” Bolivian President Evo Morales said: “We are sure that your government will write a new page in the history of Latin American dignity and sovereignty.”

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel also congratulated the candidate on his “historic victory.”

While Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno called to “strengthen ties and unite hopes.”

Recently elected Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado said he would work with AMLO throughout his administration to “continue strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation that unite both nations.”

The leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn also commented on AMLO’s victory stating it would give a voice to the poor and marginalized.

“Today brings a new beginning for México. Congratulations @lopezobrador_. His election as President with more than 50% of the vote offers the poor and marginalized a genuine voice for the first time in Mexico’s modern history. I’m sure #AMLO will be a president for all Mexicans,” he said.

Melenchon also shared a picture of him and AMLO together saying “The Citizen Revolution continues in Latin America!!!”
After initial results were revealed, former presidential contenders Ricardo Anaya, Jose Antonio Meade and Jaime “El Bronco” Rodriguez all conceded defeat, recognizing Lopez Obrador’s victory.
In all Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO’s, party swept over 91 percent of all legislative districts and won a landslide of municipal elections.

With over 60 percent of the votes counted so far in Mexico’s general elections on Sunday, the Morena party and the Together We Will Make History coalition are slated to gain an absolute majority in both the Chamber of Deputies and Senate giving freshly elected president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, ample legislative support when he enters office next December.

According to political scientist Javier Marquez at the Center for Economic Investigations (CIDE), Morena and the Together We Will Make History coalition Morena won 193 seats and the coalition partner, the Workers’ Party (PT) took another 54 deputies in the house. The conservative Social Encounter Party (PES) that also forms a part of the coalition won 58, giving the coalition a combined 312 seats out of the house’s 500.

In the Senate, Morena is set to gain 55 of 128 seats. The PT won six and PES, eight. This makes a coalition total of 69 – an absolute majority in the Senate as well, as was projected. In all, Morena candidates won 91 percent of all congressional districts.

The centrist National Action Party (PAN) will have 79 house deputies and the current ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party – PRI – went from 204 to 42 seats in the house, according to Marquez and the National Electoral Institute. The remainder of the seats will be occupied by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and smaller parties.

In the Senate, PAN won 23 seats, PRI 12, and the PRD, nine.

AMLO’s Morena party also swept the local elections. The party took 80.2 percent of municipal polls, while PAN had a sorry turn out of 11.5 percent and the PRI, 8.2 percent of local votes.

In his acceptance speech on Sunday night, Lopez Obrador called on Mexicans to put aside personal interests in politics and make the public interest priority.

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