Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies


Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly known by his initials as AMLO, was voted to be the next Presidente de Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos in the country’s general election on July, 1 2018. On July 1, 2018, AMLO won a landslide electoral victory and he assumed presidential office on December 1, 2018. This was AMLO’s third time running for president and many like to think he should have won the first time he ran but Mexico’s corruption problem is big and that 2000 presidential election is often believed to have been rigged. AMLO’s win is significant because of how unexpected it was. The corruption is Mexico is at large and so it was expected that the PRI’s candidate would win. Yet, AMLO had the support of the youth, they wanted to see change in their country. He wants to empower the underprivileged, alleviate poverty, and wants to rid the country of the exhaustive power and corruption produced by political and business elites. He also wants to reduce violence, as it only seems to be getting worse, in a country plagued by a decades long drug war. The goals of AMLO’s term as president includes an end to political corruption, increasing access to education and job security for younger generations of Mexicans, and to decrease economic inequality in the country (Castañeda 2019). Through his campaigning he made many promises. AMLO promised this socalled “Forth Transformation.” The previous transformations being, Mexico’s Independence, the separation of church and state, and the 1910 Revolution. However during his campaign he was very vague as to how he would actually achieve this transformation, he was unclear on his policy positions.