Church leaders pledge to support, co-operate with new Mexican president
The Mexican bishops conference extended congratulations to presidential election winner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won a landslide victory on an agenda of change and promises to combat corruption and poverty.
“We salute and congratulate with respect and closeness (Lopez Obrador),” the bishops said in a 2nd July statement. “We are all called on to collaborate in a positive way with our elected authorities.”
The statement called on citizens to pay attention to what might come in a Lopez Obrador administration, saying, “No ruler on their own has all the ideas and all the solutions. It is our responsibility to continue to participate civically, always with respect for human rights and the true common good.”
Lopez Obrador, 64, won the most support in all but one of Mexico’s 31 states and claimed approximately 53 per cent of the vote, according to election officials. His tally is the highest total for a candidate since 1982, when the elections were not fully free and were marred by corruption. His MORENA party and its allies are projected to win majorities in Congress.
Picture: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/PA).