Weekly Report - 14 April 2022 (WR-22-15)

​Reading into Mexico’s recall result

The results from Mexico’s presidential recall referendum are in and, unsurprisingly, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador comfortably came out on top. According to the national electoral institute (INE), 91.8% of those who participated in the referendum voted for López Obrador to remain in power, whereas only 6% voted for his mandate to be revoked. López Obrador was quick to claim this as a resounding victory, saying he had defeated his critics and created a historic moment for Mexican democracy. However, behind the headline figures, the significance of the vote is more nuanced. Turnout was very low, well beneath the requisite 40% threshold to render the vote legally binding.

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