04-02-2021 Latin American Weekly Report
Colombia’s JEP makes history with charges levelled at Farc leaders
Mexico’s political opposition has been convinced from the outset that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is a populist autocrat. It suspects that he is playing the democratic game while stacking the odds in his favour, co-opting the judiciary, systematically weakening state institutions, and concentrating power in his own hands with a view to standing for re-election in 2024. López Obrador has repeatedly denied he has any such designs. As pivotal elections for the second half of his mandate approach on 6 June, and political tensions rise, the debate about the apparent disconnect between some of his words and his actions has never been so feverish. Even prominent members of the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) are questioning whether Mexico is at the tipping point towards authoritarianism.
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