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    The Morena party's leftist candidate, AMLO, won the presidency with at over 53% of the vote. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 2 July 2018

Several ex-Latin American leaders and other left-leaning politicians from around the world showed support for AMLO ahead of his victory at the polls.

Several former and current heads of state and government congratulated Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on his stunning victory in Sunday's general elections, where preliminary results showed he would win the Presidential election with over 50% of the votes cast.

AMLO Wins Mexico's Presidential Elections with 53%

The Morena party's leftist candidate won the presidency with an estimated 53% of the vote, according to a preliminary Quick Count released by the electoral authority, National Electoral Institute (INE). Several ex-Latin American leaders and other left-leaning politicians from around the world showed support for AMLO.

Many of the officials took to Twitter to hail AMLO on a resounding triumph at the polls.



Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro congratulated Lopez Obrador and the Mexican people on the victory saying it should signal a new beginning for the country. Maduro also called for the victory to open "broad avenues of sovereignty and friendship" between the peoples of Venezuela and Mexico.

Later in an official release, Maduro said the challenges facing the Mexican people would be tremendous but stated his belief that "the new Mexican leadership will face them strength and independence" while "guaranteeing the social rights of the People of Emiliano Zapata and Benito Juárez" supported AMLO and gave him victory.

He added: "Venezuela aspires to build together with the new Mexican government solid bilateral relations, based on integral cooperation, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the self-determination of our Peoples."


Calling Lopez Obrador a brother as he hailed his "overwhelming victory" Bolivian President Evo Morales said: "We are sure that your government will write a new page in the history of Latin American dignity and sovereignty."


Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel also congratulated the candidate on his "historic victory."


While Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno called to "strengthen ties and unite hopes."


Recently elected Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado said he would work with AMLO throughout his administration to "continue strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation that unite both nations."

The leader of the United Kingdom's Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn also commented on AMLO's victory stating it would give a voice to the poor and marginalized.

"Today brings a new beginning for México. Congratulations @lopezobrador_. His election as President with more than 50% of the vote offers the poor and marginalized a genuine voice for the first time in Mexico's modern history. I'm sure #AMLO will be a president for all Mexicans," he said. 

French leftist leader and former candidate for Prime Minister Jean-Luc Melenchon also shared a picture of him and AMLO together saying "The Citizen Revolution continues in Latin America!!!"
After initial results were revealed, former presidential contenders Ricardo Anaya, Jose Antonio Meade and Jaime “El Bronco” Rodriguez all conceded defeat, recognizing Lopez Obrador's victory.




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