Weekly Report - 17 December 2020 (WR-20-50)

MEXICO: López Obrador leaves it late

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador waited more than 40 days before recognising Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential elections on 3 November. López Obrador was one of the few heads of state to withhold his congratulations to the bitter end. By the time he finally accepted that two-thirds of his six-year term will be spent with Biden in the White House, rather than President Donald Trump, López Obrador was in the select company of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un. It is not the most auspicious start to a relationship of such geopolitical, economic, and strategic importance for Mexico.

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