Every six years Mexico holds presidential elections, but this year Mexican election day, is a day to mark in history. For the first time in 80 years, Mexico has voted for a leftist president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
López Obrador took more than half the votes on Sunday, beating his appointments; Ricardo Anaya, Antonio Meade, and Jaime Rodriguez, by a landslide. This was his third time running for president. He also ran in 2006 and 2012, always coming close but never winning.
Many Mexicans have become tired of the issues that seem to never be fixed by the right leaning parties like National Action Party (PAN), or center parties, like the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). They finally decided that a change in the government was needed.
Two of the current largest issues in Mexico is corruption and violence. For several years police have been stealing from locals and politicians have been accepting bribes. Just last week, an entire police force in Michoacán, México was arrested for killing a mayoral candidate.
“[Corruption is] the result of a decadent political regime. We are absolutely convinced that this evil is the main cause of social and economic inequality, and also that corruption is to blame for the violence in our country,” López Obrador said in a speech to supporters.
He says to stop corruption he will have zero-tolerance for anyone involved. López Obrador says he will also create a national guard to care for civilians and overthrow the “mafia of power”.
“We are going to apply the three basic principles; not to lie, not to steal, not to betray the people, “López Obrador said.
He believes that the government cannot be rich if the population is poor, so he promises to sell the presidential palace and move into residential housing. He also plans to take only half of the presidential salary and use the rest for other plans that will help Mexico. He believes in the phrase, “Mexico first,” meaning to do everything with the consideration of Mexican civilians first.
“The government will no longer be a committee serving a group or faction and will resume its necessary condition as representative of all and all Mexicans. The validity of constitutional guarantees, freedoms and Human Rights will be respected. The realization of free and fair elections will be guaranteed,” López Obrador said.
México also has a major economic issue. With a 2 percent annual growth, more than 40 percent of the population lives in poverty and prices of oil have plummeted.
López Obrador plans to reduce the pay of public officials and cut unnecessary costs to balance Mexico’s budget within three years. He also will open Mexico to foreign investment.
He has always been known to prioritize indigenous groups and plans to continue this prioritization throughout his presidency. He has also promised to allow the young free education and the old larger pensions.
He has been in politics since 1976, beginning as a member of PRI. He then changed political parties, joining the Party of the Democratic Revolution in 1989. In 2014 he even began his own movement, the National Regeneration Movement also known as MORENA, for the leftist-political party.
Some even say he is a Mexican Chavez, a Mexican Castro, or a Mexican Trump.
In 2006, when he lost in the presidential election by only a percentage point, he claimed fraud and even held his own unofficial inauguration in Mexico.
However, this year it will be real. López Obrador will be sworn in December 1, 2018.