Full Steam Ahead: AMLO’s Infrastructure Plan

By Benjamin Russell

Mexico’s president is betting on pet projects to spark a post-COVID recovery. Critics see a waste of resources.

MEXICO CITY – Andrés Manuel López Obrador doesn’t intend to let the coronavirus upend his “fourth transformation” of Mexico On a whistle-stop tour of southern states this week, the president is touting progress on a development agenda that has changed strikingly little since the pandemic began: a tourist rail network on the Yucatan peninsula broke ground on June 1, with a separate cross-isthmus train line and investment corridor also in the works Construction on an $8-billion oil refinery and a new airport outside Mexico City never stopped López Obrador’s big-ticket...

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