Federal Elections Mexico 2021: transformation project won

07/06/2021

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, thanked all citizens for participating in the election day, and assured that despite the violent incidents during Sunday, and the alleged electoral crimes that were reported, they did not fundamentally alter the results.

López Obrador also pointed out that the citizens voted in this past election for two "different and opposing" projects, and thanked the results of the election of federal deputies, which "gives the majority to the parties that sympathize with the transformation", because, he said, this way the budget for social programs is guaranteed.

"I want to send a message of gratitude for yesterday's elections, the road to democracy was reaffirmed, that is fundamental, that differences can be settled through the electoral process by peaceful means, yesterday was a very important step, it is a historic election, there have been few elections like yesterday's, and I say this because yesterday's elections were free, clean, as it did not happen in other times.

There may have been some misunderstandings, there were interventions and interferences by local authorities, but unlike other times, the State did not intervene, they were not State elections like the ones that took place for decades and centuries in Mexico, the people behaved very well, those who belong to organized crime, in general well, very few acts of corruption, very few acts of corruption, in general, very few acts of violence, of these groups, I think that white-collar crime behaved more badly, but they did not cross the line and neither did they fundamentally alter the results, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there were few homicides", explained the Mexican President.

"The most important thing is that the elections were held, the people expressed themselves and decided who should represent them, both in municipal and state elections, in the Chamber of Deputies, the result is also very important, because it expresses a level, a degree of political maturity, rarely seen, or I could say, never seen, because not only did they vote for a party for a candidate, they voted for a project, in one sense and in another, We voted for two different and opposing projects, especially in the federal election. 

I am very grateful because as a result of this election, the parties that sympathize with the transformation project that is underway will have a majority, and this means that the budget will be guaranteed, pensions will be guaranteed, the budget for children with disabilities will be guaranteed, and the budget for 11 million students will be guaranteed. So, thank you very much, thank you very much to all the people, to all those who participated in this election", he expressed.

The Mexican President took the opportunity to explain that, contrary to what some media claim, that the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, which he founded, lost in these elections the absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies; he affirmed that they have never had it, they have had a simple majority. "We have never had an absolute majority, so much so that I obtained 53% of the votes and that cannot be said to be an absolute majority, to give an example. What is a simple majority, half plus one, and that is what we have had and will continue to have, what is needed to approve the budget: simple majority", assured the President.

On Sunday, more than 93 million Mexicans were called to vote in the largest elections in the country's history, in which the Chamber of Deputies, 15 of 32 governors, 30 local congresses, and more than 1,900 city councils were renewed at the same time. López Obrador's party, Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), managed to retain its majority in the Chamber of Deputies and remains the most voted political grouping, although it lost its ability to reform the Constitution and will be more dependent on its allies.

At the beginning of his morning conference, the Mexican President considered that the electoral result "expresses a level, a degree of political maturity, rarely seen". He expressed his conviction that with the majority of his alliance in the Chamber of Deputies, "the budget will be guaranteed, and more specifically and in detail, a sufficient budget for the neediest, for the poor". "So thank you very much, thank you very much to all the people, to all those who participated in this election," he stressed.

According to preliminary data, Morena obtained between 190 and 203 seats in the Lower House, a substantially lower figure than the 253 deputies it currently holds. But if its result is added to that of its allies, the Labor Party (PT) and the Green Party (PVEM), it would manage to overcome the barrier of the absolute majority (251), with a range of between 255 and 292.