Andrés Manuel López Obrador seemed ready to lose the two-thirds majority in the lower house of the Mexican Congress necessary for constitutional changes, in the midterm elections he had portrayed as a referendum on his rule .
In a positive development for the populist president, however, his Morena party in government has said it has virtually swept the elections for state governors.
According to Lorenzo Córdova, president of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova, official projections have suggested that Morena and her allies command at least 58 percent of the House of Representatives for 500 seats, or even 298 seats.
But the results seemed poised to fall far short of the accounts Morena and her allies had in the first half of the president’s six-year term.
“I didn’t get the results I was looking for.” . . it is probable [the president] trying to radicalize, ”Jorge Zepeda Patterson, a political commentator, told Milenio Televisión.
On Sunday Mexicans voted in the major elections in the country’s history throughout the lower house plus 15 of Mexico’s 32 state governorships, as well as more than 20,000 local seats.
Mario Delgado, Morena’s leader, first greeted what he called a “historic triumph” in which he said Morena had ousted 12 of the 15 governors he had been taking. Although in many states, several opposing candidates claimed victory, official results in those races were pending.
According to INE projections, Morena could end up with 190 to 203 seats in the lower house, thus easily confirming the most popular party. His allied parties – the Greens, the Workers ’Party and the PSE – could get another 95 seats, Córdova said.
However, he was not sure that the PES party would spend the minimum 3% needed to maintain its record; the INE projection estimated it to win between zero and six places. Without PES, Morena, the Greens and the Workers ’Party would be able to claim 265 to 292 seats, INE said.
Prior to the election, Morena and her allies had 334 seats and Morena alone had 256.
The Institutional Opposition Revolutionary Party (PRI), the National Action Party (PAN) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) have come together to form an opposition bloc. PAN leader Marko Cortés said the partnership had managed to deny the government coalition “the qualified majority with which it has abused power over the last three years”.
“Most Mexicans want to correct the country’s direction,” he said.
López Obrador, who says he is setting up a profound transformation of Mexico, eradicating corruption and raising the standard of living for the poor, did not immediately say the results. Political analysts have said he could challenge any adverse results.
Ciro Murayama, INE’s electoral adviser, said the projected results show that two of the three Mexicans do not support the ruling party.
The Movimiento Ciudadano, which did not join the opposition Alliance’s bloc for Mexico, secured 27 votes, according to the INE. However, even if he tried to run for government, his seats would not be enough to give the coalition to the government the 334 seats it needed for a constitutional majority.
López Obrador has already passed legislation seeking to overturn constitutional reforms in the energy sector passed by his predecessor, but the laws are bound to face challenges to the Supreme Court.
The weight has been little changed to about 19.90 for the US dollar.