Leftist Lopez Obrador Wins Mexico Presidential Election: Exit Polls

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O'Grady added that she believes Lopez Obrador is going to be "very careful" at first, due to Mexico's exposure in the worldwide market.

Moody's said in a note: "The outcome of Sunday's elections leaves Mexico at an uncertain, and potentially critical, juncture". These are all factors that point to a stalemate, said Moshe Lander, an economist at Concordia University.

"We are not going to fight". "I'm going to earn half what Peña Nieto earns ... and we are going to reduce the salaries of those who are on top so we can raise the salaries of those at the bottom", Amlo pledged.

Sunday's win by longtime political outsider Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1, was expected by markets, though his margin of victory was wider than projected and it appears his coalition will have a majority in Congress. An official quick count from electoral authorities late Sunday forecast that Lopez Obrador would win with between 53 percent and 53.8 percent of the votes, a remarkable margin not seen in the country for more than three decades.

Along with his post, Sanders shared an article which calls Lopez Obrador "Mexico's 'Bernie Sanders'" and describes him as "anti-Trump". She is now based in Mexico City.

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The victory was a vindication for Lopez Obrador, who was written off by many critics after narrowly failing to capture the presidency at his first bid in 2006. He later joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution and more recently formed his own party, the National Regeneration Movement - known as MORENA.

The next president is unlike most of his predecessors in many ways: Devoutly religious, he is a career activist instead of a lawyer, military officer or businessman, and the first president in a century to speak in a marked regional accent, from his native Tabasco state in Mexico's tropical lowlands.

While that would make it easier for Lopez Obrador to work with Congress, the parties are expected to fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to roll back a five-year-old energy sector reform that has attracted oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell to Mexico. He has also struck a nationalist tone on plans to boost the economy. However, the former Mexico city mayor has not outlined how he will implement changes.

In the wake of the migration crisis on the US-Mexico border, Amlo has vowed that "anyone who migrates from Mexico will do so because they want to, not because they have to". He has also promised to increase spending on social programs while keeping government spending under control. But he's been frustratingly vague on how he'll go about it. "What are the signals that he sends out to markets, to his political opponents, to Mexican society generally, of what he'll actually do when he comes into office?"

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations was injected with a new dose of uncertainty with the election of a new president in Mexico on Sunday.

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Only time will tell if these two non-traditional candidates will be able to build a non-traditional partnership that benefits both countries.

"I came because I want things to change, and to shut up even President Trump", she said.

"It's really a question of when the talks resume", Ross said.

Mr Lopez Obrador appears well liked by his people.

But the main question in the new era of AMLO and his party, Morena, will be whether Mexico-U.S. border security and anti-narcotics cooperation will maintain the close cooperation established over the past 12 years.

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