Leftist Landslide in Mexico

Leftist Landslide in Mexico, by Nacha Cattan.

Mexicans have elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [AMLO] as their first left-wing president in decades …

He’s riding a public revolt against entrenched corruption, rampant violence and an economy that’s failed to deliver higher living standards — especially for the poor, about half of Mexico’s 125 million population.

His strong showing fits with a global trend of anti-establishment politics, from gains by parties of the left and right in Europe to Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S. … Mexicans opted for change, and turned their backs on the only two parties to have run the country in modern times. …

On the campaign trail, voters cited plenty of reasons to kick out the governing class. Many said physical security was their top concern. A decade-long war on drug cartels has pushed the murder rate to record levels. …

After the surge in violence, and a string of graft scandals that dragged in the president and his family, Pena Nieto is ending his six-year term with some the lowest approval ratings in the history of the presidency. …

Lopez Obrador has promised to govern as a pragmatist.