Mexico referendum: Lopez Obrador will remain president

With a turnout of less than 20%, Mexicans largely acknowledged the continuation of his mandate.

Ari won, on the back of an abstention: Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will remain in power after a referendum on Sunday, April 10 in which Mexicans largely confirmed the continuation of his term, but with a participation of less than 20%. More than 90% of voters wanted the left-nationalist leader, 68, to last until the end of his single six-year term in 2024, according to preliminary estimates from the National Electoral Institute.

The National Institute of Statistics also announced a participation range of 17-18.2% of the 93 million registered. The law provides for a minimum of 40% for the result of this type of referendum to connect the existing authorities. In other words, even if “no” The president was not legally required to resign, with a turnout well below 40%.

The President’s Movement for National Regeneration (Morena) praised ‘A sharp result in favor of our president’. “People have recognized his commitment to those who need him most, and the immense moral authority with which he governs.”said one of Morena’s leaders, Mario Delgado.

Three opposition parties had called for the abstention (the Workers’ Party, on the right, the Party of the Democratic Revolution on the left, and the former State Party of the Constitutional Revolutionary Party). The PAN party sparked a remarkable popular consultation “With illegality, lying and embezzlement of public resources”. The Institutional Revolutionary Party accused Morena of turning the referendum into a dossier “joke”According to one of its managers on Twitter, Alejandro Moreno.

“We knew we would not revoke the president’s mandate and that opponents would not vote.”Political analyst Hernan Gómez Brewera told AFP. The issue was the ability to mobilize Lopez Obrador and his supporters. We saw that this ability was powerful.”.

The Mexicans had to answer the following question: And he asked, “Do you agree to withdraw the president’s term of office for loss of confidence or his continuation as President of the Republic until the end of his term?” The president had enshrined this in the constitution in 2019 “Cancellation Authorization”similar to other Latin American countries such as Venezuela.

“Don’t forget that people are the ones who order”He said he voted when about 57,000 polling stations opened in the country. AMLO – his initials, his nickname – crept into the ballot box and crossed out the ballot with the handwritten sign. “Long live Zapata!”hero of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917), journalists note.

Queues formed at some polling stations. “Why do you come today? Because I love the president, and since he asked me, ‘Here I am'”Housewife Carmen Sobrino, 64, told AFP. Mayra Marwenda, 29, thought she would abstain the day before the vote. “Actually, I think it disappointed all of us. I think it’s a game, a rig, and I don’t think I’m involved in it.”

Opponents of AMLO suspect his willingness to rely on a referendum to consider re-election, a political taboo in Mexico since “Porfiriato”: President Porfirio Díaz – a dictator to some historians – remained in power for nearly 30 years from 1884 to 1911, before his exile and death in Paris.

The president has launched some major projects in the pipeline between now and 2024. Parliament is currently considering the Electricity Sector Reform Committee which aims to strengthen the public company CFE and reverse the liberalization of the sector in 2013. The United States deplores the danger to their investors and threatens “Endless Disputes” under the North American Free Trade Agreement. AMLO has also entrusted the military with managing major construction sites such as the Maya Tourist Train, against which environmentalists are stepping up their legal action.

Within three years, the AMLO government has raised the minimum wage dramatically, while maintaining a policy of budget austerity amid a pandemic that has killed nearly 325,000 people. Mexico was one of the only major countries that kept its borders open without restrictions. Less than 8% of Mexicans had applied in August to an earlier referendum on possible legal action against several of the head of state’s predecessors.


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