Published On: Tue, Jan 3rd, 2017

Like Trump, López Obrador is a ‘love-him-or-loathe-him’ politician

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Telling voters what they wanted to hear worked out well for Donald Trump. As Mexico shifts into election gear in 2017, another populist, anti-establishment figure will be hoping to follow in the US president-elect’s footsteps.

In the case of Amlo, as the maverick leftist is widely known, that message includes: promises to stamp out corruption, sweep out the ‘mafia of power’, give the elderly better pensions, cut fat cat government salaries, create jobs and roll out a huge infrastructure programme. He pledges to bring “real change” to Mexico.

Like Donald Trump, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (right) is a "love him or loathe him" politician.(PHOTO:

Like Donald Trump, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (right) is a “love him or loathe him” politician.(PHOTO:

Many voters have heard it all before. It is Mr López Obrador’s third try at the presidency, after losing by a whisker in 2006 to conservative Felipe Calderón in elections Amlo said were stolen. In 2012, Mr López Obrador was a close runner-up to President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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