It’s a New and Troubling Era in Mexico Under AMLO

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes a question from a reporter during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Nov. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes a question from a reporter during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Nov. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).
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MEXICO CITY—Some welcomed the return of the left to the height of political power in Mexico nearly a year ago as a promising new chapter in the country’s history. Yet 12 months into Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s presidency, drug violence and attacks on freedom of speech have spiraled and the economy has stagnated, adding to the sense that Mexico is floundering. While all these challenges existed before AMLO—as he is better known in Mexico—took office, the bigger concern now is the way his government is seeking to address them. There is no mistaking that this is a new era for […]

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