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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

Sullen outlook as Mexican mid-term elections near

The electorate
The electorate

Here in Mexico City the light poles and overpasses – and just about every other available surface – are festooned with taxpayer-financed electoral propaganda. Yes, there’s a buzz in the air, and it’s the sound of José Lunchpails across the nation saying “How can I possibly vote for any of these unconscionably corrupt political parties and their hopelessly venal candidates?”

To be honest, this will be our challenge when we head to the polls on June 7 to vote for members of the federal Chamber of Deputies, and in some locations for state governors and other local officials. Locally here in Mexico City, we will vote for representatives to the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (ALDF) and heads of the city boroughs, called Delegaciones. In certain aspects, June 7 will be an election of firsts. Continue reading Sullen outlook as Mexican mid-term elections near

Lopez Obrador scuttles unified reform referendum proposal

Frenemies
Frenemies

In a post earlier this year on President Peña’s energy reform proposal, we predicted that the leftist opposition PRD’s efforts to organize a nationwide referendum calling for the repeal of the reform legislation would suit Mr. Peña just fine, as it would lead to indefinite fiddling around with no results. And now, just as it fuzzily appeared in our crystal ball, eternal caretaker of the fatherland Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is working hard to make us look smart. On August 21, a group of high profile intellectuals from academia and the creative arts presented a letter to the media calling upon the country’s leftist political forces, led by the PRD and Mr. López Obrador’s new Morena party, to unify behind a single referendum in order to maximize the potential for repeal of the reform. The group included long-time AMLO supporters such as writer Elena Poniatowska and other stalwarts of the intellectual left. Continue reading Lopez Obrador scuttles unified reform referendum proposal