MEXICO: AMLO’s poll resilience belies challenges ahead

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) delivered the annual government report – akin to a state-of-the-nation address – yesterday, 1 September. The speech offered up few insights, which is hardly surprising given that AMLO already has a platform for his loquacity – his daily press conferences, which usually last longer than yesterday’s speech and involve questions. Despite the twin health and economic crises, AMLO insists that the worst is over, while refusing to acknowledge that his administration’s own missteps and failings have exacerbated both. Below we examine why AMLO’s
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