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Weekly Report - 07 February 2019 (WR-19-05)

MEXICO: López Obrador apologises to Calderón but rounds on the PAN

Being a firebrand political leader, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not known for being apologetic, in particular to his political rivals. Yet in an unusual move, López Obrador has apologised to former president Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) this week after wrongly accusing him of influence trafficking and corruption. But this did not stop López Obrador from attacking Calderón’s former party, the main right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), after it criticised his government’s decision to suspend a publicly-funded child-care programme. López Obrador’s diatribe against the PAN risks alienating the opposition party with which he must work in congress if he wants to advance any constitutional reforms.

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