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Lopez Obrador wins presidential elections

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Mexico, July 2: Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement has won the presidential elections in Mexico, according to the country’s electoral body. Lopez Obrador called it a “historic day” after the National Electoral Institute (INE) attributed him at least 53 per cent of the votes in a quick count of a sample of 7,700 ballots, Efe news reported. His closest rivals admitted defeat and congratulated Lopez Obrador on his victory. “I call all Mexicans for reconciliation and to put best interests above personal interests, however legitimate,” said Lopez Obrador, who is set to assume office on December 1. The silver-haired 64-year-old left-wing nationalist promised profound changes in the country during his mandate and assured he would work to establish an “authentic democracy”. He vowed to crackdown on corruption through fiscal and financial discipline, and promised intellectual and business freedom. Lopez Obrador also said he would seek “friendship and co-operation” with the US. Mexico’s relations with Washington have been strained since the election of President Donald Trump who has strongly criticised the country over trade and migration. (IANS)