Weekly Report - 29 April 2021 (WR-21-17)

Democracy under siege, Mexican opposition insists

Mexico’s political opposition has been convinced from the outset that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is a populist autocrat. It suspects that he is playing the democratic game while stacking the odds in his favour, co-opting the judiciary, systematically weakening state institutions, and concentrating power in his own hands with a view to standing for re-election in 2024. López Obrador has repeatedly denied he has any such designs. As pivotal elections for the second half of his mandate approach on 6 June, and political tensions rise, the debate about the apparent disconnect between some of his words and his actions has never been so feverish. Even prominent members of the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) are questioning whether Mexico is at the tipping point towards authoritarianism.

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