"Stubborn" is one of the many insults that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist veteran who wins the Mexican presidential election on Sunday, has put in place.
He considers that a compliment.
The man known as "AMLO" began his third presidential nomination and vowed to use his idiosyncratic personality for the change that so many Mexicans are starving for this election year.
"I am stubborn." It is a known fact, "he
" With the same conviction, as President I will … stubborn, persistent, stubborn, bordering on madness to extinguish corruption. "
Those close to him can vouch for it.
"We are talking about a man whose main characteristic is his tenacity," said Mexican writer and historian Paco Ignacio Taibo II, an outspoken supporter of the AFP.
Lopez Obrador, 64, is one of the most discriminating personalities in Mexican politics: his critics hate him as passionately as his fans love him.
But his vow to fight for a "radical turn" in Mexico has worked in a country that is fed up with seemingly endless corruption scandals and a horrible drug war.
The former mayor of Mexico City leads his rivals by more than 20 points to Election Day.
– Fire and Ice –
Lopez Obrador's fierce attacks on the "Mafia of Power" have stifled the frustrations of voters who are sick of the two parties that ruled Mexico for almost a century: the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and The National Action Party (PAN)
But also the two-time vice-president managed this time to show a cool side, to respond with humor to criticism and to blaspheme loud warnings on how he would destroy Latin America's second world war. The largest economy.
When enemies accused him of his ties to Russia, he ironically turned the insult on a Russian Ushanka hat and called himself "Andres Manuelovich."
As the three other contestants take turns hi attack During the debates, he calmly stayed above the fight – once he lashed out a table with the latest poll results.
"I do not want to brag, but I humbly submit to you the last poll," he said.
– Anti-Graft Poster Boy –
With rivals fighting to fight corruption, Lopez Obrador has easily become an anti-graft poster setting a good example
that he would halve the presidential salary if elected, instead of living in the presidential residence in his modest home and selling the presidential jet.
"Not even Donald Trump has such a plane," he enthuses
He has argued with Mexico's business world, warning that he would pursue a Venezuelan-style socialist policy.
To alleviate these fears, he has appointed a team of market-friendly advisers and has withdrawn some of his most controversial proposals.
In fact, it's hard to guess exactly what the policy will be.
Many Mexicans are not quite sure what he represents except something new. In these elections, that's enough.
– & # 39; La Chingada & # 39; –
But Lopez Obrador also has a knack for kicking.
In 2006, he led most of the race. Then he lost his calm on the home stretch and insulted incumbent President Vicente Fox as "big mouth" (freely translated).
Many observers have said that the race could have cost him.
Lopez Obrador He refused to accept his narrow defeat, declared himself a "legitimate president" in a false inauguration, and set up a protest camp in the heart of Mexico that toppled the country in weeks of insecurity.
He never hesitated to burn political bridges
The native of Tabasco began his political career in the 1970s with the ruling PRI party, which is now his enemy.
He helped open the Left, the PRD in 1980.
He made an unsuccessful run for the governor of Tabasco in 1994, then jumped on the national political scene when he was elected mayor of Mexico City in 2000.
He left the job to run for president in 2006, second unsuccessful presidential run in 2012, he spurned the PRD to fou and his own leftist party, Morena, which now seems well on the way to becoming the dominant force in the to become Mexican politics.
Lopez Obrador has sworn that this is his last campaign. If he loses, he says, he will retire to "La Chingada", his ranch in the south. The name is another joke: the statement means "Go to hell".
The widower married again in 2006 the journalist and writer Beatriz Gutierrez Muller. He has four sons.
Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers a speech during Mexico City Closing Ceremony
Lopez Obrador is one of the most discriminating figures in Mexican politics: his critics hate him as passionately as his fans love him