Trump and Mexico’s Lopez Obrador discuss immigration, trade during first call

04 July, 2018, 07:29 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Anti-Trump mood sways Mexican voters in U.S. in favour of Lopez Obrador

President Donald Trump tweeted after the election results started coming in, writing: "Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico".

They're scheduled to end at 6 p.m.in each of Mexico's three summer time zones, meaning the last to close will come in the northwestern state of Baja California.

Mexico's next President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses supporters, in Mexico City, Mexico July 1, 2018.

Lopez Obrador's coalition - led by the Morena party he launched in 2014 - appeared to be on track for a strong showing in state and congressional races as well, winning at least five of the day's nine governor's races, according to exit polls.

In his victory speech, Lopez Obrador sought to assure investors he would pursue prudent economic policies and central bank independence.

Later, Obrador's main opponent Anaya also recognized his defeat.

This worries some Mexicans, who see Lopez Obrador as unpredictable, prone to outbursts of emotion and quick to change his mind on issues.

Calderon congratulated Obrador on his victory and also wished him success.

Queuing under the hot sun at Tijuana polling booths, many Mexican voters who had crossed the border from California told Reuters that they trusted Lopez Obrador most to protect the roughly 12 million Mexicans living in the United States.

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Scheduled for 11 p.m., local time, in Mexico City, the nation's electoral regulator INE released a televised statement of its so-called rapid count, a key indicator of election results.

During his meeting with Pena Nieto, the first since Sunday's election, Lopez Obrador said they had agreed to work jointly on talks with the United States and Canada to reconstruct NAFTA, maintaining the current negotiating team while also including Lopez Obrador's picks for handling future talks. Lopez Obrador himself refused to accept his two previous presidential losses, and in 2006 his supporters set up a protest camp that caused months of chaos in downtown Mexico City.

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Mexico's president serves on six-year term without the possibility of re-election.

"We're looking at a shift in Mexican politics", he explained.

Governing party candidate José Antonio Meade, Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) 14.8 percent. He is member of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party.

The brash United States leader has also threatened to tear up NAFTA, the two-decade-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The effort, she said, would help reintegrate into society some of the estimated 600,000 Mexicans employed by drug cartels.

Lopez Obrador spoke with Trump on Monday in what he described as a friendly and respectful phone call.

However many remain sceptical of how long this new forged friendship will last given Mr Trump's tenuous relationship with the outgoing Mexican leader.

"The revolution of consciences has triumphed", the victor told tens of thousands of jubilant supporters who had gathered on Mexico City's central Zocalo Square.

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