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Weekly Report - 23 September 2021 (WR-21-38)

MEXICO: López Obrador’s legacy in the balance

The government’s legacy hinges on its ability to pacify Mexico, the security minister, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, acknowledged during an appearance before the federal senate on 21 September. In just two months from now President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will have completed the first half of his six-year term. By her yardstick, he would not be able to make a compelling case for his government deserving a legacy as things stand. López Obrador has shown an aptitude for massaging figures to reflect well on his government during his morning press conferences, but the bald fact remains that violent homicides are as high as ever and femicides are at record levels, while this week saw the execution of a “terrorist act” that shocked the nation.

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