Nine in 10 voters back leader to stay in office in poll viewed as foregone conclusion by critics and supporters

Critics and supporters had viewed his victory as a foregone conclusion in a ballot that had fed speculation it could open the door to extending presidential term limits, now limited to a single six-year period.

Between 90.3% and 91.9% of voters were predicted to have supported López Obrador, a preliminary estimate from the National Electoral Institute showed on Sunday night.

Unleashing a string of barbs at adversaries, López Obrador hailed the referendum result as “historic”, and compared his tally favourably with the number of votes won by rivals he defeated to win the presidency, and in other elections.

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