That violence was on many minds as television stations carried live images of Lopez Obrador weaving through Mexico City's notoriously chaotic traffic in the front passenger seat of a compact auto that was at least five years old.
Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arrives to cast his vote during the Mexico 2018 Presidential Election on July 1, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.
A longtime energy nationalist who says he will pause tenders for oil and gas fields that form a crucial part of Pena Nieto's energy reform, Lopez Obrador said his team will begin working on how to proceed with the oil, gas and power overhaul once he is officially confirmed as president-elect. "This situation has to be changed".
Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning former mayor of Mexico City, is not telling Mexicans anything most don't already believe when he says that strategy has been a failure. Rivals have warned he could set the country back with his interventionist economic policy. "I confess that I have a legitimate ambition: I want to go down in history as a good president of Mexico", said Lopez Obrador, who had lost in the previous two presidential elections. Sunday's elections for posts at every level of government are Mexico's largest ever and have become a referendum on corruption, graft and other tricks used to divert taxpayer money to officials' pockets and empty those of the country's poor.
"I see that the results [of the voting] are favorable for Lopez Obrador".
In place of police outriders, a half dozen television cameramen on motorcycles buzzed around Lopez Obrador's auto en route to a meeting with outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto at the National Palace in the heart of Mexico City. "We represent modernity forged from below".
Now, Trudeau is reaching out to the new president in the hopes of maintaining a united approach with Mexico when talks do resume with the United States. At a Los Angeles rally past year, AMLO said that "the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people".
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Elsewhere, smaller groups banded together in city parks and downtown squares in virtually every state. Millicent Bennet carried her 5-year-old son, Grover, on her shoulders.
A win for the conservative National Action Party is predicted in the central highland state of Guanajuato. Independent candidate Jaime Rodriguez had five percent. Without the big party machinery it was an uphill battle.
The National Electoral Institute said 98,854 of them mailed ballots by Saturday, more than twice the amount of Mexicans overseas that voted in the last election.
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 allies are warning even before Sunday's presidential vote that there better not be any amusing business.
With almost three-quarters of the ballots counted, Lopez Obrador had about 53 per cent of the vote - the most for any presidential candidate since 1982, a time when the Institutional Revolutionary Party was in its 71-year domination of Mexican politics and ruling party victories were a given. "We will not accept it".
"Investors have to get ready to deal with a country where policy decisions will be more politicised, and market solutions less appealing to the new administration, so higher political risk".
Lopez Obrador promised after his victory on Sunday to increase a welfare program for the elderly, a move likely to increase liabilities. Mexican journalist Jose Guadalupe Chan was killed on Friday in the state of Quintana Roo, state officials said in a statement. Some ballots were stolen and burned in the town of Nahuatzen to prevent voting.