Mexico election: López Obrador wins presidency as rivals concede

Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is heading for a clear victory in Mexico’s presidential election.

Electoral officials said a quick count after Sunday’s poll indicated the former mayor of Mexico City had won with about 53% of the vote – more than double that of his nearest challenger.

Exit polls also put Mr López Obrador, known by his initials Amlo, well ahead.

His closest rivals have both admitted defeat and congratulated Mr López Obrador on his victory.

Ruling party candidate José Antonio Meade, who lies in third place according to initial results, told supporters that he wished him “the greatest success”.

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Mr Meade’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has dominated Mexican politics for much of the past century but has slumped in popularity.

 

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