Mexican President Continues to Refuse to Recognize Joe Biden as President-Elect

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Thursday morning to congratulate Joe Biden for winning the US presidential again, making him stand out among the vast majority of world leaders who have recognized the Democratic leader as the new president-elect.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Thursday morning to congratulate Joe Biden for winning the US presidential again, making him stand out among the vast majority of world leaders who have recognized the Democratic leader as the new president-elect.

Speaking shortly after China’s President Xi Jinping congratulated Biden for his victory, the Mexican leftist leader reiterated that it would be wrong to offer congratulations until the electoral process has been formally concluded.

“We do not agree with offering congratulations in advance. What’s the best thing? For us to wait,” President Lopez Obrador told local reporters during a press conference in Mexico City.

A number of U.S. Democrats have expressed frustration with Lopez Obrador’s reluctance to recognize Biden, and one former official of the Obama administration said the Mexican president’s stance was starting to look “foolish.”

“The world is moving on,” said the ex-official, who spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity, noting that other nations were moving ahead with their business with the incoming Biden administration.


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