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Mexico after the Presidential Election

On July 11, 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Mexico After the Presidential Election - The Background of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Victory and the International Political and Economic Consequences of His Presidency.” The guest speakers were Iván Medveczky, the Ambassador of Hungary in Mexico City, and Ágnes Deák, Ph.D. student at Corvinus University of Budapest, and the moderator was Sándor Gyula Nagy, senior research fellow of IFAT.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador –AMLO- the leftist, populist candidate won a landslide victory on July 1, receiving 52.9 percent of the votes. It was his third time running for president, previously losing in both 2006 and 2012. His election marks a break from the traditional parties as he has promised to bring about systematic change and to resurrect the old ideologies, birthed during the Mexican Revolution. He is an advocate for the working class people, and is committed to fighting poverty, reducing crime and bringing an end to corruption. According to Medveczky, ALMO was the most authentic running candidate; he’s been a faithful leftist since the beginning of his career, he is very humble, and has no corruption cases. Regarding Mexico’s foreign affairs, drastic changes are not anticipated and the country is expected to continue pursuing its policy of multilateralism. Furthermore, despite growing fears of the negative effects that the collapse of NAFTA would have on Mexico, the speakers assured that Mexico and the United States are mutually dependent on each other and will be forced to continue cooperating.