The Mexican presidential election, held July 1st, was a resounding triumph for third-time candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known by his initials AMLO.
And it was a resounding triumph. To win a Mexican presidential election, a candidate need only have more votes than any other candidate, so a majority is not required. But AMLO won with 53.48%, according to current calculations. Runner-up Ricardo Anaya had 22.58%.
President Trump was quick to congratulate AMLO, sending out a Tweet which said:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2018
For his part, AMLO called Trump’s Tweet “respectful” and pledged that “We are going to extend an open hand to seek a relationship of friendship and cooperation with the United States.” [AMLO ofrece tender ‘mano franca’ y buscar amistad con Trump, Excelsior, July 2, 2018]
The Mexican presidential term lasts six years, with no reelection, There is a five-month period between the election and inauguration of the new president. So AMLO is set to take office on December 1st.
Congratulations to AMLO. I wish you the best.