Economy

New Mexican president offers cuts to US-bound migration

New Mexican president offers cuts to US-bound migration

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador could also end up proving a hard diplomatic partner for United States President Donald Trump with his vow to protect immigrants if his previous comments on the US President are anything to go by.

Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swept to victory in Mexico's presidential election, in a political sea change driven by voters' anger over endemic corruption and brutal violence.

Relations between Trump and Lopez Obrador will be closely watched because Trump has regularly criticized Mexico.

Queuing under the hot sun at Tijuana polling booths, many Mexican voters who had crossed the border from California told Reuters that they trusted Lopez Obrador most to protect the roughly 12 million Mexicans living in the United States.

"I look very much forward to working with him".

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. "We share common goals, strong people-to-people ties, and a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world - reflected in our joint effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement for the 21st century", Trudeau said in a statement congratulating Lopez Obrador on his win.

Lopez Obrador has promised a "transformation" of Mexico and pledged to give scholarships or paid apprenticeships to youth, and increase support payments for the elderly. But the two are ideological opposites-AMLO is a leftist who has pledged to re-think foreign corporations' oil contracts, discuss amnesty for those in the drug trade in pursuit of peace, and better protect Central American migrants as they move north through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

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Lopez Obrador previously vowed to throw the energy reform out but now says contracts merely will be reviewed for any illegalities. "I think he is the least corrupt of all". The outgoing Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has twice cancelled plans to visit Washington over Trump's ongoing insistence that Mexico pay for the wall.

Mr Trump, whose anti-trade, anti-immigration policies have infuriated Mexico, appeared ready to start off on the right foot. But he now supports reaching an agreement with the United States and Canada, though talks have been stalled over Trump administration demands for higher US content and a "sunset clause" in the 1994 trade agreement.

Despite Trump's conciliatory tone, a White House aide on Monday repeated one of the US leader's most controversial 2016 election campaign promises that he carried into his presidency.

Mexican politicians across the political spectrum have long said that Mexico will not pay for Trump's proposed wall along the southern USA border, which he has said is needed to keep out both illegal immigrants and narcotics.

Rivals Ricardo Anaya and Jose Antonio Meade acknowledged Lopez Obrador's win even before official results were announced, in a break from past elections. It was the biggest share of the vote in a Mexican presidential election since the early 1980s and gave him a strong mandate to address Mexico's domestic problems and face external challenges such as USA tariffs.

Lopez Obrador arrived at a hotel in downtown Mexico City for the first of two victory speeches Sunday night in a bland white sedan befitting the "man of the people" image he has projected for over a decade. His economic advisers repeated this message in a call on Monday with investors and in an interview with Reuters.

Mexico City also elected a woman as mayor for the first time in history, exit polls showed.


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