Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday dug in his heels as one of many few leaders of main nations but to congratulate Joe Biden on his presidential election win, saying it was too early and that his nation was “not a colony”.
Lopez Obrador, who accused rivals of electoral fraud in his presidential defeats in 2006 and 2012, says he has no aspect within the U.S. election, and can wait till authorized challenges launched by the Trump administration over the vote have performed out.
“We can’t make any kind of recognition of a government that is not yet legally and legitimately constituted,” he instructed a information convention. “It’s not up to us, that’s interventionism.”
Lopez Obrador confirmed no such hesitation in congratulating the victors of Bolivia’s divisive 2019 presidential election, which was later annulled over irregularities. Critics cost his place on Biden doesn’t look impartial.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to harm Mexico economically if it doesn’t curb unlawful immigration, has refused to just accept defeat and launched lawsuits to press claims of election fraud. State officers have mentioned they aren’t conscious of any vital irregularities.
Biden, a Democrat, cleared the edge of 270 Electoral College votes wanted to win the presidency on Saturday.
While in opposition, Lopez Obrador likened Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and pledged to place him “in his place” if elected. Since taking workplace almost two years in the past, he has been at pains to keep away from battle with the American president.
His angle on the vote has upset some Democrats however Lopez Obrador insisted there could be no repercussions for Mexico.
“Because we’re adhering to our policy of principles,” he mentioned. “Also, we’re not a colony. We’re a free, independent, sovereign country. The Mexican government is not a puppet of any foreign government.”
Left-leaning Lopez Obrador is a component a shrinking group of world leaders but to congratulate Biden, together with Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.