AMLO Already Got What He Wanted

By Vanessa Rubio

The loss of his legislative supermajority will not reverse the Mexican president’s progress toward his ultimate goal: the expansion of state power.

In Mexico’s midterm elections on June 6, the opposition achieved the once unthinkable. By bringing together the major parties of the right (PAN), the center (PRI) and the left (PRD), it has extinguished the governing coalition’s supermajority, preventing it from making constitutional changes on its own authority. But make no mistake: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his party, MORENA, still performed well. They won eleven out of the fifteen governorships that were up for grabs – twelve, counting one won by MORENA’s Green Party ally. In the lower house, MORENA...

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