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Andrés Manuel López Obrador (born 13 November 1953), often abbreviated as AMLO, is a Mexican politician. He began his political career in 1976 as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Tabasco and eventually became the party's state leader. In 1989, he joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and was the party's 1994 candidate for Governor of Tabasco. He was the national leader of PRD between 1996 and 1999. In 2000, he was elected Head of Government of Mexico City. Often described as a populist and a nationalist, López Obrador has been a politician of national relevance for more than two decades.
He has proposed increases in financial aid for students and the elderly, amnesty for some drug war criminals, universal access to public colleges, cancellation of the under-construction New Mexico City International Airport, a referendum over an energy reform that ended Pemex's monopoly in the oil industry, stimulation of the country's agricultural sector, delay of the renegotiations of NAFTA until after the elections, building of more oil refineries, increased spending for welfare, cutting of politicians' salaries to avoid debt spending or higher taxes and decentralization of the executive cabinet by moving Secretaries from the capital to states

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