Mexico's Lopez Obrador says wants referendum after three years

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According to exit polls, the sharp-tongued, silver-haired politician known as "AMLO" won by a large margin over his two main rivals, who both conceded defeat shortly after the polls closed - laying to rest concerns that a deeply divided country could face prolonged uncertainty over the victor.

"Whoever it is will be punished, I include comrades, officials, friends and family members", the 64-year-old said. The lawyer and economist is the candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, which had been in power for 70 years until the election of Vicente Fox of the National Action Party in 2000.

Analysts with IHS Markit said that Lopez Obrador's congressional coalition will not it itself meet the two-thirds majority necessary to undo the country's landmark energy reform.

Trump - who during his presidential campaign charged that some Mexican immigrants were "criminals" and "rapists" - early in his presidency ordered the building of a wall along the 3 200km US-Mexico border. Ricardo Anaya of the centre-right PAN was a distant second at 22.6% and Jose Antonio Meade of the centre-left ruling PRI party at 15.6%.

Polling firms Mitofsky and the Strategic Communications Cabinet announced broadly similar results. But Duncan also said that many people are unsure of how Lopez Obrador will be able to provide what he has promised.

Mexican business group Coparmex called past year for the creation of a strongly independent body to counter the tendency of Congress to approve expansive budgets.

"We represent the possibility of real change", he told hundreds of journalists crowded at the entrance, promising a "peaceful transformation" of the country.

Newly elected Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, running for "Juntos haremos historia" party, cheers his supporters at the Zocalo Square after winning general elections, in Mexico City, on July 1, 2018.

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The victor of Sunday's presidential election doesn't need an absolute majority of the votes, just the most votes among the four candidates.

Lopez Obrador arrived at a hotel in downtown Mexico City for the first of two victory speeches Sunday night in a bland white sedan befitting the "man of the people" image he has projected for over a decade.

Three other states were too close to call, according to Mitofsky. The conservative Social Encounter Party (PES) that also forms a part of the coalition won 58, giving the coalition a combined 312 seats out of the house's 500. In the nine months leading up to this weekend's presidential election, at least 132 politicians have been killed, according to the security consulting group Etellekt.

"We are conscious of the need to maintain good relations with the United States".

But Mexicans are deeply divided over the frontrunner. The party also scooped a range of important governorships in Mexico City, Morelos, Chiapas and Tabasco. In his quest to please his support base, President Trump will surely still insist on building a wall, persisting in his claims that Mexico will pay for it. "But we'll be even happier when they put the presidential sash on him [in December]".

Haq said the U.N. chief "expresses the readiness of the United Nations to work with the new administration continuing a longstanding tradition of excellent cooperation between Mexico and the United Nations".

This worries some Mexicans, who see Lopez Obrador as unpredictable, prone to outbursts of emotion and quick to change his mind on issues.

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