Weekly Report - 03 September 2020 (WR-20-35)

MEXICO: López Obrador’s Informe fuels criticism

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented his second state-of-the-nation report (Informe) on 1 September. López Obrador wanted to showcase his administration’s achievements in the last 12 months as he and the ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) gear up to defend Morena’s congressional majority in next year’s federal midterm legislative elections. But coming against the backdrop of a severe economic contraction and major questions over his government’s handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the event was more of a political challenge than expected and López Obrador’s Informe has been widely criticised as an exercise in political propaganda at a time of a serious national crisis.

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