Mexican-Alaskans speak about country's new president

Supporters of Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a rally at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City

President Donald Trump said Monday he has had a 30-minute phone call with the newly-elected leader of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, discussing trade, border security, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the possibility of a Mexico-U.S. trade deal.

Lopez Obrador, a 64-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, won a landslide election victory on Sunday, dealing a crushing blow to establishment parties and becoming the first leftist to win the Mexican presidency since one-party rule ended in 2000.

Mexico is now renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement - known as NAFTA - with the United States and Canada.

Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, saw a change from past Mexican leaders who were "obsessed" about being on good terms with the United States. "We are going to extend our frank hand to seek a relation of friendship, I repeat, of cooperation with the United States".

"He had a very excellent election that, I would say, even better than anticipated", said President Trump, who told a story about years ago predicting Obrador's election to the office of President in Mexico.

Lopez Obrador, who will take office on December 1, won more than 53 per cent of votes in Sunday's election, preliminary results showed, more than double the votes of his nearest rival.

Lopez Obrador's presidential competitors, Jose Antonio Meade of the ruling PRI party and Ricardo Anaya of the PAN party, wished him success "for the well-being of Mexico". Lopez Obrador himself refused to accept his two previous presidential losses, and in 2006 his supporters set up a protest camp that caused months of chaos in downtown Mexico City.

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 vehicle that was at least 5 years old.

"I see that the results [of the voting] are favorable for Lopez Obrador". In fact, in the eyes of many Mexicans, Mexico has been too respectful.

Lopez Obrador's team will study labour costs as well as clamping down on corruption in Mexico's largest company.

Going into Monday it was unclear whether Lopez Obrador had done enough to secure the first outright majority in Congress in over 20 years, with pollsters' early estimates suggesting he was close in the lower house but farther away in the Senate.

Amid widespread frustrations with the status quo, all of the candidates have tried to paint themselves as the agent of real change.

Many Mexicans liked this rhetoric and saw in him a man who can stand up to Trump and reclaim the nation's dignity on the worldwide arena.

Most of the murders have been of local politicians, the most frequent targets for drug cartels seeking corrupt officials they can strike alliances with.

"If they do, we're going to be living in a dictatorship", Felix said in the report.

But Mexican attitudes towards the U.S. changed significantly in the 1990s. Talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico to revise the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been hard.

"It's really a question of when the talks resume", Ross said.

Lopez Obrador also spoke of reducing Mexican immigration to the United States through economic development. This may mean that any future negotiations are unlikely to shift the focus.

He said Mexico's "very strong" immigration laws could be used to help keep illegal immigrants away from the USA border.



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