Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wins Mexico's Presidential Election

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In his first public speech after the quick count was published, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addressed his supporters from his campaign headquarters at the Hilton Hotel in Mexico City's and said he will combat and punish corruption, even if he has to go after his own partners in the struggle. "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".

She said she backed leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and called him less than ideal but the "best of the bad" options.

Although Trump congratulated Lopez Obrador in a Twitter message on Sunday night, a White House aide then reiterated one of the USA leader's most controversial campaign promises.

He has also been critical of the current trade accord between Canada, the USA and Mexico.

The runner-up in the 2006 and 2012 presidential elections, Mr Lopez Obrador pitched himself as the only one capable of cleaning up the government after years of poor economic growth and rampant gang violence eroded faith in the political class.

Lopez Obrador said he will propose that his own team of experts be included in the talks.

That put him far ahead of his main opponents, Ricardo Anaya and Jose Antonio Meade, who conceded and offered their congratulations. "This new national project will seek to establish an authentic democracy and we do not intend to establish a dictatorship", Lopez Obrador said.

"I want to go down in history as a good president of Mexico", he said.

Lopez Obrador also spoke of reducing Mexican immigration to the United States through economic development.

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Retired teacher Susana Zuniga beamed and said the country was experiencing a moment similar to the Mexican Revolution a century ago.

Three polling firms gave the former Mexico City mayor the win.

With only 0.3 percent of the ballots counted, the candidate and head of the National Renewal Party (Morena) has 46.49 percent of the votes and some exit polls gave him more than 50 percent of the voting preference.

Speaking to reporters after his win, Lopez Obrador identified corruption as the "principal cause" of inequality and the criminal violence that has bedeviled Mexico for years, and said he would spare no one in his commitment to root it out.

And he paid tribute to the role in the campaign played by outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto and the media, both of which have felt the bite of his scorn in the past.

Mexicans lined up to vote for a new president on Sunday in an election tipped to hand power to an anti-establishment outsider who would inject a new dose of nationalism into government and could sharpen divisions with US President Donald Trump.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has led opinion polls throughout a campaign marred by more than 100 murders of politicians by suspected drug gangs.

Pena Nieto said in a televised message to the nation that he had congratulated Lopez Obrador and assured him that his administration would work to ensure an orderly transition. State representatives and local officials are also among the more than 3,400 seats contested in the election.

His allies are warning even before Sunday's presidential vote that there better not be any amusing business.

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