On November 16, 2011, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, as he is commonly known, became the candidate of Mexico’s progressive coalition (PRD-PT- Movimiento Ciudadano) when he outpolled his main rival, Marcelo Ebrard, in an internal PRD poll.
López Obrador was a very popular former mayor of Mexico City (2000 – 2005) and subsequently became the party’s presidential candidate in 2006 losing by less than one percentage point, according to official results. The narrow outcome and reports of irregularities lead to his call for a full recount. When electoral authorities agreed only to a limited recount in select areas, AMLO decided to not accept the final official results and led a large public protest in downtown Mexico City for several weeks. Negative campaigning during the 2006 campaign portraying AMLO as dangerous, and the peaceful but disruptive street protests after the 2006 election have contributed to AMLO’s volatile populist public image amongst some.
In the lead up to the 2012 campaign, AMLO has worked hard to moderate his image, reaching out to the business community and the middle class, and committing himself to accepting the legal framework for elections and the rule of law. A central theme throughout AMLO’s campaign has been a call to transform Mexico into a República Amorosa: a country based on the “principles of honesty, justice, and love.” Public opinion surveys increasingly have placed him in second place.
-Video profile of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the other three presidential candidates
-Profile of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the other three presidential candidates
-Slideshow with profiles of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and of the other three candidates for the Mexican presidency (The Economist)
-Profile of Andrés Manuel López Obrador
-Another profile of Andrés Manuel López Obrador
-Read “A new face for AMLO?” by the Mexico Institute’s Eric L. Olson and Diana Murray Watts from March 19, 2012.
-See The Economist’s November 18th, 2011 analysis of his win in the internal poll and his candidacy.
-Read Dr. Duncan Wood’s October 12, 2011 assessment of “A Resurgent AMLO and the Choice Facing the PRD.”
-Read or watch his comments from an October 11, 2011 talk at the Mexico Institute.
-Visit the page of his “legitimate government of Mexico” and his profile.
-View his networks on Excélsior’s website.
-See Dr. George Grayson’s 2007 book about AMLO: Mexican Messiah.
-Read Dr. Duncan Wood’s profile and analysis of his appeal in his Center for Strategic and International Studies elections blog.