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Weekly Report - 28 November 2019 (WR-19-47)

MEXICO: Morales asylum fuelling political discord

Domestic political tensions in Mexico are growing. The catalyst is the decision to grant asylum to Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales. Already suspicious of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s intentions, Mexico’s political opposition now sees every move his government takes as confirmation of his attempt to undermine the autonomy of state institutions, weaken constitutional counterweights, and concentrate power in his own hands. In the last week alone, the opposition has seen sinister intent behind the manner of the appointment of a new head of Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH); López Obrador’s shortlist of candidates to fill a vacancy on the supreme court (SCJN); a sharp cut in the 2020 budget assigned to the national electoral institute (INE); and a proposed electoral reform.

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