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Mexico's New President Is A Radical Leftist... What Now? - Part 2

Luis Orozco

Posted on November 4, 2018 16:35

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If AMLO ends up being like Hugo Chavez, the Western Hemisphere could experience an unprecedented crisis.

Regarding AMLO’s scary elements, one of the most significant is the fact that most of his base is on the radical left, which he would try to satisfy to maintain their support.

On the other hand, AMLO has expressed his ardent opposition to the outstanding economic achievements that Mexico has reached over the last three decades, describing this period as a “neoliberal era.” This radical premise represented the main message of his two previous presidential candidacies.

Naturally, being against everything related to economic aperture is one of the biggest similarities that he has with the Bolivarian socialists. However, his case is even more astonishing considering that Mexico became the second-largest economy in Latin America and the thirteenth economy in the world because of the programs he passionately criticizes.

The most important personalities in his political party constitute another complex aspect of this controversial figure. After all, most of the people who are part of MORENA are essentially the most radical leftists in Mexico. The main representative of this significant faction is Francisco Ignacio Taibo II, a popular writer who is also one of the most influential leaders in the party.

Far from being a moderate socialist, this man has voiced his support for the most extremist actions against the private sector, including the expropriation of major companies.

While this could be more than enough to legitimately demonize AMLO’s presidency, the truth is that his party also includes a major personality such as Alfonso Romo. This man is one of the wealthiest businessmen in Mexico, and AMLO recently promised to make him the government’s chief of staff.

Naturally, Romo’s presence in MORENA and the possibility that he achieve such an important role in the new presidency is a relieving sign for the private sector and those who expect the worse. However, many believe that this could be just a well-planned strategy to calm people’s nerves.

If AMLO ends up being a moderate socialist, Mexico would dodge a bullet. But ironically, this would open the possibility of a major disappointment among his base, considering that he would be quite similar to some of the previous left-wing governments in this country.

On the other hand, if he ends up being the new Hugo Chavez or Daniel Ortega, the collateral damage would be so devastating that the entire Western Hemisphere could enter in a convulsive period of economic and political chaos.

Undoubtedly, the element that will determine the path that AMLO will choose is the temptation of reforming the national constitution. After all, MORENA won the majority in the Senate and the Congress, providing a golden chance of changing the article that forces every Mexican president to run the country only for one period of six years.

If he takes this road, Mexico will become another example of a country that democratically elected its own doom.

If he doesn’t, the world would learn once again that appearances can be deceiving.

Luis Orozco

Posted on November 4, 2018 16:35

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, better known as AMLO, has said he will rule Mexico for the poor and fight rampant corruption.

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