Mexico City: Mexico’s President mobilizes thousands of supporters

Mexico City
Mexico’s president mobilizes thousands of supporters

People gather at the Zocalo in Mexico City to listen to Mexican President López Obrador. photo

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador has enjoyed high approval ratings since he took office four years ago. In the capital, Mexico’s President gathers his supporters for a demonstration of power.

Two weeks after mass demonstrations against him, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took to the streets with thousands of supporters. Together they marched for more than four hours yesterday through Mexico City to the central square Zócalo, where the head of state and government then gave a speech. The occasion was the end of the first four years of his six-year term.

The North American country’s constitution does not allow for re-election of the president. According to media reports, some supporters called out to López Obrador during his speech in the capital that he should run again. The 69-year-old refused. On November 13, thousands of people demonstrated in Mexico City, among other places, against a planned electoral reform by the left-wing populist, which critics believe would weaken democracy.

López Obrador – often called Amlo after his initials – has enjoyed high approval ratings since he took office on December 1, 2018. He presents himself as an honest and humble fighter against corruption. He describes his model of government as “Mexican humanism”. So far he has not been able to get the violence in the so-called drug war under control. The former mayor of Mexico City was repeatedly criticized for his handling of the corona pandemic and his hostility towards critics, activists and journalists.


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