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Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

MEXICO: Morena scrambles to give López Obrador his wish

Senators from Mexico’s ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) mobilised this week to approve secondary legislation, at the committee stage, enabling a presidential recall referendum to be held. The senators were responding to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s demands that the full legal framework be approved so that he can become Mexico’s first president to face such a referendum. The paradox is explained by López Obrador’s conviction that he can win the recall referendum and recover some of the support that his administration has lost since he assumed office in 2018. It is a gamble that could backfire, leading to López Obrador losing legitimacy or his mandate altogether.

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