Mexico's AMLO Calls Trump 'Erratic and Arrogant'

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Wall Street Journal opinion columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady said Monday that newly-elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador must calm global markets in order for his government to be effective.

Twenty-six-year-old Juan Carlos Limas said he's "concerned that some candidates are making proposals that are impossible, because they're very expensive to carry out".

Lopez Obrador's coalition is also within striking distance of a congressional majority - a coup for a party contesting its first national elections.

Obrador will take office on December 1 after getting more than 53 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed-more than double the votes of his nearest rival.

A total of 145 politicians - most local figures - have been killed in Mexico since September. The former Mexico City mayor, who has held double-digit leads in polling for months, campaigned on increased social spending and opposition to private investment in the country's energy sector.

The lawyer and economist is the candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, which had been in power for 70 years until the election of Vicente Fox of the National Action Party in 2000.

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.

Trump has been highly critical of Mexico's control of its border.

Lopez Obrador also spoke of support for migrants and said the most forgotten and humble people of Mexico will be given preference in his government. Like Trump, Lopez Obrador has claimed to be an outsider to the largely centrist, pro-globalisation political parties.

According to the New York Times, Mr Lopez Obrador has already drawn comparisons to the US President for his nationalist impulses, populist rhetoric and combative personality.

Mexico's president-elect has caused some trepidation among investors.

Lopez Obrador has promised to stop corruption in Mexico's government.

She says she believes Obrador can follow through on many of his campaign promises of fighting crime and corruption, increasing the availability of healthcare and education, improving working conditions, and perhaps most importantly, increasing pay.

Duncan Wood heads the Mexico Department of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He told VOA that he does not expect the new president to make big changes in policy. "I think the relationship will be a very good one", he said - qualifying the comment as he often does by saying, "We'll see what happens". The talks have been stalled over the Trump administration demands for higher USA content and a "sunset clause" in the 1994 trade agreement.

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.

"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.

Retired teacher Susan Zuniga told the Associated Press that the movement was similar to the Mexican Revolution.

In her words: "The people are fed up, that is what brought us to this".

"Lopez Obrador said he would "seek to establish an authentic democracy and we do not intend to establish a dictatorship".

Compared with his predecessors, Lopez Obrador is likely to be more focused on domestic economic issues than on settling trade issues with the United States, O'Neil said.

Mexico, Latin America's second-largest economy, is the U.S.'s third-largest trading partner, with more than $550 billion in bilateral trade that accounts for about 5 million U.S.jobs.

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