Weekly Report - 03 June 2021 (WR-21-22)

MEXICO: Tensions continue to rise ahead of midterm elections

Political and institutional tensions have been a feature of the electoral process that will conclude with Mexico’s 6 June midterm federal legislative, state, and municipal elections. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been deliberately fomenting political polarisation by insisting that anyone opposed to his so-called ‘fourth transformation’ government plan is a “neoliberal” conservative who wants a return to the corrupt practices of previous administrations. He has said the only way to avoid this and maintain the progressive changes made by his administration is to vote for the ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party to ensure that it retains its qualified majority in the federal congress. López Obrador’s overt campaigning in favour of Morena has led to him being censured and even sanctioned by the electoral authorities.

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