The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)will lead this Sunday, November 27, a march to commemorate his fourth year in government, which is seen as a show of force by the left in the face of the 2024 elections.
“I invite all the people, all those who can attend because it is a historical fact,” said the president on the eve of the mobilization, which he anticipated would be massive.
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This is the first major pro-government demonstration during the government of Lopez Obradorwhich rides on a popularity of 59%, according to an average of surveys conducted by the firm Oráculus.
It comes two weeks after the opposition mobilized tens of thousands of people in Mexico City against an electoral reform project.
Is March of the opposition became an expression of rejection of Mexico’s first left-wing ruler, who bases his popularity on broad social programs.
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AMLO He denies that this Sunday’s march is a response to the opposition challenge on November 13 and assures that it is to “celebrate” achievements in the social, economic and even security spheres.
After the march, which he considers an opportunity to “strengthen” his “transformation movement”, the ruler will present his annual report in the Zócalothe main public square in the country where the walk will end.
AMLOFernando Dworak, an analyst at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), told AFP.
“It was a serious mistake by the opposition to believe that the president can be beaten on the street,” added Dworak.
Oil the machinery
The mobilization It also takes place in an advanced campaign environment, with several leaders bidding for the pro-government candidacy, such as the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who will participate in the event.
Lopez Obrador “He wants to keep emotions alive, keep citizens mobilized, at least emotionally for what they really want (…), keep Morena (his party) in power,” Dworak said.
“He knows, as an expert in political-electoral terms, that in order to win elections he needs oiled machinery, which works all the time,” Gustavo López, a researcher at the Tecnológica de Monterrey University, told AFP.
That purpose is favored by the lack of strong leadership in the opposition, which has grouped into a platform called “Va por México”, made up of the once hegemonic PRI, the right-wing Acción Nacional PAN and the PRD (left).
This alliance has been broken by the PRI’s legislative support for some government initiatives.
However, he has once again shown signs of unity for his rejection of the electoral proposal of AMLO to reform the Electoral Institute (INE), so that its members are elected by popular vote and not by parties.
The president accuses the INE of having supported two alleged frauds that deprived him of the presidency in 2006 and 2012. His adversaries maintain that he actually seeks to end the “independence” of the organization with his reform.
The amendment also proposes reducing the size of the INE and the number of congressmen, with which federal deputies would go from 500 to 300 and senators from 128 to 96.
Not having two thirds of the votes that the constitutional reforms demand, López Obrador announced that he will try to carry out some of these measures through the approval of secondary laws.
The opposition announced that it will demand these norms, so the last word will be the Supreme Court, which recently partially endorsed an energy reform of AMLO that increases the participation of the State in the sector.
The opposition also accuses López Obrador of being “authoritarian” and “populist” and of “militarizing” the country.
The president has entrusted the army with the construction of several of his large infrastructure works and maintains the participation of the military in security tasks, a role that – according to human rights NGOs – exacerbates drug-trafficking violence.
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