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Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement has won the presidential elections in Mexico, according to the country's electoral body. Lopez Obrador called it a "historic day" after the National Electoral Institute (INE) attributed him at least 53 per cent of the votes in a quick count of a sample of 7,700 ballots, Efe news reported. His closest rivals admitted defeat and congratulated Lopez Obrador on his victory. "I express my respect to those who voted for other candidates and parties, and also for the three presidential candidates representing the different organizations that have recognized our triumph and victory today," Lopez Obrador told a crowd of jubilant supporters at an event in Mexico City late Sunday (local time). "I call all Mexicans for reconciliation and to put best interests above personal interests, however legitimate," said Lopez Obrador, who is set to assume office on December 1. The silver-haired 64-year-old left-wing nationalist promised profound changes in the country during his mandate and assured he would work to establish an "authentic democracy".
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Lopez Obrador also said he would seek "friendship and co-operation" with the US. Mexico's relations with Washington have been strained since the election of President Donald Trump who has strongly criticised the country over trade and migration. However, Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Lopez Obrador "on becoming the next President of Mexico".
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Supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gather after his victory in the presidential election in Mexico City, Mexico.
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Supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrate in Mexico City, Mexico.
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A supporter of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gets her face painted during celebrations in Mexico City, Mexico.