Lopez Obrador in Mexico: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old?

Hazard, John

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  10/10/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23010

The newly elected President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has been described by some in the U.S. as a radical socialist, however this article explains that he has already back-peddled on important pre-election promises.



Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador achieved on July 1 what he openly and obsessively strove for during 14 years: he was elected president of Mexico. But at what costs and with what sacrifices of professed ideals? His election has triggered a bizarre array of flattering and exaggerated responses from U.S. left commentators: that he's a "radical socialist", a person who will focus on relationships with Latin America and criticize the U.S., and that he's a critic of neo-liberalism. It's probably true that 45 years ago he trained himself as a politician and organizer by memorizing speeches of Salvador Allende and Fidel Castro, but the company that he keeps recently is quite different.
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