In this July 11, 2018 photo, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador receives a note from a man, as he leaves his headquarters in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Each day hundreds of Mexicans crowd outside white, two-story offices of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador bearing handwritten notes, medical records, retirement papers and other documents, in hopes he can help with everything from boosting pensions to clemency for a jailed loved one or even offer a job. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Mexicans mob 'AMLO' HQ seeking help for matters big or small

July 16, 2018 - 11:00 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Each morning hundreds of Mexicans crowd at the gates of 216 Chihuahua Street in the capital, home to the white, two-story building that served as President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's campaign headquarters.

They bear handwritten notes, medical records, retirement papers and other documents in the hope he will hear them out on requests ranging from bigger pensions for the elderly to private concerns that normally wouldn't fall to a head of state: getting a loved one out of jail, help getting into a college course or assistance finding a job or a place to live.

This personalized, almost-religious faith in Lopez Obrador to help people is fed by his image as a fighter for the poor and his promises to end what he calls a corrupt "mafia of power."

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