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What to Make of AMLO After His Most Turbulent Weeks as President

November 13, 2019

MEXICO CITY – Two things appeared certain when Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico last July. 

First, that he would abandon the paradigm of free markets and democratic transition that began to take shape in the country in the 1980s. And second, that he would have little problem implementing his policy agenda, as he had been able to do as mayor of Mexico City. 

After nearly 12 months in office, AMLO’s distaste for liberal economics and the institutional trappings of democracy has been largely borne out. But surprisingly, he has achieved very little...

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