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

MEXICO: Inauspicious start to the year

The New Year has not got off to the best possible start for many Mexicans. In the first few days of January thousands of people found themselves having to form large queues to purchase petrol or resigning themselves to making do without any. The government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has attributed the fuel shortages to logistical problems derived from its decision to introduce changes to the way in which the state-run oil firm, Pemex, distributes fuels around the country as part of a bid to stem fuel theft, and rejected concerns that the shortage is the result of a shortfall in oil production. This has not spared the government from accusations of ineptitude and a lack of foresight.

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