Andrés Manuel López Obrador campaigned on a narrative of social change, including increased pensions for the elderly, educational grants for Mexico’s youth and additional support for farmers. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – Riding a wave of populist anger fueled by rampant corruption and violence, the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico on Sunday, the New York Times reports.

It was a landslide victory that upended the nation’s political establishment and handed him a sweeping mandate to reshape the country, the newspaper reported.

“Mr. López Obrador’s win puts a leftist leader at the helm of Latin America’s second-largest economy for the first time in decades, a prospect that has filled millions of Mexicans with hope — and the nation’s elites with trepidation,” reporters Adam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas write.

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