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Mexican mid-terms giveth or taketh away for AMLO

Mexican voters will go to the polls June 6, 2021 for what is being widely touted as the largest election in the country’s history.  Citizens will cast ballots for nearly 21,000 public offices including all 500 seats in the federal Chamber of Deputies and 15 of 32 state governorships, among many local elected positions.  Turnout is expected to be higher than usual for a non-presidential election, due to the polarized political atmosphere currently prevailing in the country, and the media are regularly running pieces arguing that the stakes are high for institutional democracy in Mexico. We agree that the institutions underpinning democracy in Mexico, such as it is, are under attack right now to an alarming degree, but we feel that this is most likely a short-term problem.  The larger challenges to Mexico’s development as a nation-state, alas, are more long term.  Here is a brief summary of how we see the situation: Continue reading Mexican mid-terms giveth or taketh away for AMLO

Feds spring Elba Esther as AMLO looms

On August 8 the Mexican government announced it was dropping charges against former teachers’ union leader Elba Esther Gordillo and the sinister long-time political operator was set free after five years of various types of arrest (for a time-machine return to her sensational bust, please read our blog post from that wonderful day).  The big news came on the same day that Andrés Manuel López Obrador received his official certification as President-elect from electoral authorities, provoking widespread speculation that El Peje had somehow played a role in Gordillo’s release.  The López Obrador transition team responded that the timing was a mere coincidence, causing further arching of eyebrows and sidelong glances.  Gordillo, for her part, announced that she will be making a political announcement on August 20, so local pundits are suggesting she may reveal some sort of collaboration with the new government. Continue reading Feds spring Elba Esther as AMLO looms

López Obrador transition off and running

Mexico put an end to months of dire warnings, hand wringing and speculation on July 1 with a presidential election that appears to have taken place without large scale violence or tampering.  To recapitulate, leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the election by a wide margin and the losing candidates conceded without delay.  The election was widely covered in the international press so we will not go into the details here.  We would, however, like to offer up some comments from our perspective on what’s happening during the five-month transition period before Mr. López Obrador is set for inauguration as Mexico’s next president on December 1. Continue reading López Obrador transition off and running