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If you think Theresa May has it tough, spare a thought for Mexico’s populist president

by on December 13, 2018 in Latest News, Lead Article, News you can use, Nuggets

If you think Theresa May has it tough, spare a thought for Mexico’s populist president

Given the current political chaos in the UK this article about Mexico and their new president could add another dimension to the situation at Westminster.

If you think Theresa May has it tough, spare a thought for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The man inaugurated as president of Mexico last Saturday has, in his in-tray, growing levels of inequality, a stalling economy, investor flight, rampant corruption, immigrant caravans, all-powerful narco-gangs – and Donald Trump.

There is one further pressure: he has become the most powerful Left-wing leader in the world. On his shoulders rest the hopes not just of tens of millions of Mexicans but voters in many countries who cleave to a revival of socialism as a means of addressing the many fissures of globalisation.

That is why the relationship between Obrador and Jeremy Corbyn is so important. The Labour leader, whose wife is Mexican and who has frequently visited Latin America, is a close friend.

On the eve of his inauguration, Obrador made a public gesture of welcoming Corbyn to his country home in the southern state of Chiapas.

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Mexico‘s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador held his first news conference as president, which started at 7 a.m. local time in Mexico City, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Mexicos newly inaugurated president hit the ground running Monday with his pledge to govern as a common man and end decades of secrecy, heavy security and luxury enjoyed by past presidents.

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