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Weekly Report - 28 May 2020 (WR-20-21)

MEXICO: Federal-state government tensions grow

The strategy implemented by Mexico’s federal government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is fuelling tensions with state governments. Governors from various states have questioned it and adopted differing measures to tackle the emergency in their own jurisdictions. This has produced a confrontation between the federal and state authorities that further intensified this week, with some governors insisting that they will defy the federal government’s plans to ease the measures introduced to contain Covid-19 gradually.  The growing confrontation could turn into a full-blown clash that may ultimately only be resolved by a political reform that redefines the relationship between the state and federal governments.

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