Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was declared the official president-elect of Mexico on Wednesday at a ceremony in the capital conducted by the nation's Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF). The TEPJF, which oversees Mexico's elections, presented AMLO with a framed certificate signed by the seven-member committee declaring his new title.
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Lopez Obrador, referred to as AMLO, won the July 1 electoral race by a 23 percent margin, taking in 53 percent of the popular vote, while his closest opponent, center-right Ricardo Anaya, garnered 30 percentage points. AMLO, the left-leaning former Mexico City mayor, ran on an anti-corruption platform and universal access to college.
"Mexican citizens are fed up with arrogance, influence, dishonesty, and inefficiency. They wish with all their soul to end corruption and impunity," Lopez Obrador said as he was presented with his new title. AMLO will be sworn in as president December 1.
He was granted the president-elect title after all electoral ballots were counted. The incoming head of state will serve from 2018 until 2024.
"It is now up to us to properly assimilate the sentiments expressed by the people in issuing the suffrage and to be scrupulous and faithful executors of that mandate," he said. "I will fulfill all the campaign commitments, I will not fail the citizens."
AMLO has pledged to end the violence linked to drug trafficking and government corruption that has plagued the country over the past 12 years, particularly during the term of outgoing head of state, Enrique Peña Nieto. He has also pledged to begin a truth commission regarding the tens of thousands of forcibly disappeared.
In his first speech as president-elect, AMLO said the executive will not be the "power of the powers," insisting each branch will respect the division of powers.
"In the new government the president of the republic will not have threatening couriers or hawks; no authority... will be subjected to pressure or illegitimate petitions," Lopez Obrador said at the brief ceremony. "Nothing and no one will be above the law."