The Hindu explains: Who is AMLO?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency with a large margin.

Updated - July 03, 2018 04:59 pm IST

Published - July 03, 2018 04:58 pm IST

 Mexico’s next President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures to supporters, in Mexico City.

Mexico’s next President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures to supporters, in Mexico City.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency with a large margin on Sunday. Known as AMLO, he was born in 1953 in a small village to a family of modest means in the southeastern state of Tabasco.

He worked for the state’s Indigenous Affairs Bureau in the 1970s, and began his political career by joining the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and became the Tabasco state president for the party.

Mr. Obrador joined the political movement against the candidacy of Salinas de Gortari, the Mexican President from 1988 to 1994, and was part of the founding of what is now the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

From 1996-99 he served as the national president of the PRD, and in 2000, Mr. Obrador was elected as the Mayor of Mexico City. His term as Mayor saw him embarking on a slew of social welfare programmes and public works.

In 2006, Mr. Obrador faced electoral defeat in his presidential bid against Felipe Calderón. His next bid was thwarted too, when Enrique Peña Nieto was chosen as President in 2012.

Disappointed with the PRD’s support for Mr. Peña Nieto’s economic initiatives, Mr. Obrador founded a new party, the National Regeneration Movement in 2014, and won the elections in 2018 with 53.8% of the votes in his favour.

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