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Anti-corruption campaign propels leftist AMLO to Mexico's presidency

President elect of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during the celebration event, at the end of the Mexico 2018 Presidential Election on July 1, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.
President-elect of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a celebration event after his victory on July 1, 2018, in Mexico City. Photo: Pedro Mera via Getty Images

In a historic election on Sunday, leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) challenged and defeated the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for the Mexican presidency.

Why it matters: Campaigning against systemic corruption and violence, the former Mexico City mayor and third-time candidate will be Mexico's first leftist president in decades.