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Weekly Report - 14 February 2019 (WR-19-06)

MEXICO: López Obrador picks new bone of contention with private sector

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not afraid to confront the business sector if he believes it is acting against the national interest. He proved this when he decided to suspend the new Mexico City international airport project (NAIM) at the start of his term. That decision, which was resisted by the business sector, harmed investor confidence and undermined domestic economic activity. But while the government has been working hard to restore business confidence since then, López Obrador has now decided to pick another fight with the business sector. This time it is over the role that private firms play in the national electricity market, once again threatening to produce a rift between the government and the private sector.

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