Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) won the Mexican presidency this past Sunday July 1 with almost 53 per cent of the vote. What are the implications of his win on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? The signals following his election win are still difficult to discern.
Reuters now reports, "Lopez Obrador, a onetime NAFTA skeptic who moderated his views in his third run at the presidency, said in a Mexican TV interview on Monday that he wanted a NAFTA deal that was good for Mexico. 'We’re going to accompany the current government in this negotiation, we’re going to be very respectful, and we’re going to support the signing of the agreement'..."
That said, just prior to the election, former Mexican ambassador Jorge Guajardo commented in The Atlantic, "Even though he has spoken favorably about NAFTA, he is not a free-trader by heart. If Trump pulls out of NAFTA, AMLO likely won’t feel obligated to offer concessions in hopes of bringing him back."