'We're not a colony': Mexican president stands firm on not recognizing Biden win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday dug in his heels as one of the few leaders of major countries yet to congratulate Joe Biden on his presidential election win, saying it was too early and that his country was 'not a colony'. Lopez Obrador, who accused rivals of electoral fraud in his presidential defeats in 2006 and 2012, says he has no side in the U.S. election, and will wait until legal challenges launched by the Trump administration over the vote have played out

Reuters November 12, 2020 01:11:55 IST
'We're not a colony': Mexican president stands firm on not recognizing Biden win

Were not a colony Mexican president stands firm on not recognizing Biden win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday dug in his heels as one of the few leaders of major countries yet to congratulate Joe Biden on his presidential election win, saying it was too early and that his country was "not a colony".

Lopez Obrador, who accused rivals of electoral fraud in his presidential defeats in 2006 and 2012, says he has no side in the U.S. election, and will wait until legal challenges launched by the Trump administration over the vote have played out.

"We can't make any kind of recognition of a government that is not yet legally and legitimately constituted," he told a news conference. "It's not up to us, that's interventionism."

Lopez Obrador showed no such hesitation in congratulating the victors of Bolivia's divisive 2019 presidential election, which was later annulled over irregularities. Critics charge his position on Biden does not look neutral.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to hurt Mexico economically if it does not curb illegal immigration, has refused to accept defeat and launched lawsuits to press claims of election fraud. State officials have said they are not aware of any significant irregularities.

Biden, a Democrat, cleared the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency on Saturday.

While in opposition, Lopez Obrador likened Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and pledged to put him "in his place" if elected. Since taking office nearly two years ago, he has been at pains to avoid conflict with the American president.

His attitude on the vote has upset some Democrats but Lopez Obrador insisted there would be no repercussions for Mexico.

"Because we're adhering to our policy of principles," he said. "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 part a shrinking group of world leaders yet to congratulate Biden, along with Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping.

(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Dave Graham and Nick Macfie)

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