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Weekly Report - 10 January 2019 (WR-19-01)

MEXICO: Two boosts and one blow for López Obrador

The outlook on the economic and judicial front heading into 2019 looks more encouraging for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador but security poses troubling questions. Approval of a balanced budget for 2019 was a coup for López Obrador. It contains swingeing cuts for the judiciary, which is already at loggerheads with his government over public sector salary cuts, but the outcome of the election of the new president of the supreme court (SCJN) on 2 January augurs well for more harmonious relations. López Obrador has come under fire for his plans to improve public security by forging a national guard, however, amid an altercation with the national daily Reforma over violent homicide figures.

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