In the leadership vote he sought, Mexican President gets 90 percent support
In a recall election engineered by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday, nine of every ten Mexicans voted to support him to remain in office, indicating the domination of his polarized agenda.
Preliminary estimates from the National Electoral Institute (INE) showed Lopez Obrador to have won between 90.3% and 91.9% of the vote.
His victory was regarded by both critics and supporters as a foregone conclusion in a vote that led to speculation that it could open the door to expanding presidents' terms, which are now limited to a single six-year period.
After firing a barrage of barbs at adversaries, Lopez Obrador hailed the referendum results as "historic", comparing the amount of votes he garnered with the number he won against his rivals during the presidential contest, and in other elections.
“We don’t have a king in Mexico,” he said in a video address. “It’s a democracy, and the people are in charge.”
12 April 2022