Latin American Weekly Report

30/07/2020 - Mexico makes progress amid rare respite from polarisation

The polarisation that has characterised Mexican politics for much of the mandate of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was conspicuous by its absence this week when the ruling left-wing Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (Morena) and the political opposition expressed their support for a pension reform proposal sent to congress by the government, and jointly settled upon new electoral councillors to oversee the plethora of federal, state, and municipal elections in 2021. But deep political divisions will soon resurface, and confrontation prevail over cooperation. López Obrador’s announcement that he intends to place Mexico’s ports under the control of the military cost him the services of one cabinet minister, who resigned in protest, and raised concerns about progressive military encroachment on civilian domains. More politically divisive measures are likely to follow.

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