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In Urzúa's Resignation, AMLO Gets a Wakeup Call

July 09, 2019

In all my decades observing Mexican politics, I have never seen a public resignation like this one. 

On July 9, Carlos Urzúa announced in a letter that he was stepping down as Mexico’s treasury secretary. The letter was explicit, forceful, scathing, and above all revealing. Mexican officials usually resign for “health reasons.” Urzúa chose to send a warning: This administration isn’t working, and I don’t want to be stuck on a sinking ship.  

Urzúa’s letter included four critiques of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government. First, that decisions are made without proper...

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