Will Mexican institutions resist the authoritarian thunderstorm?

The most salient feature of current reviews on Latin America is the muffled criticism to the AMLO regime , In spite of sky rocketing homicide and kidnapping rates; increasing number of murder of women and enhance territorial control by organized crime, regional reviews on Mexico are at best tepid and at worse condoning of Mr AMLO.
Beatrice E. Rangel.

The most salient feature of current reviews on Latin America is the muffled criticism to the AMLO regime , In spite of sky rocketing homicide and kidnapping rates; increasing number of murder of women and enhance territorial control by organized crime, regional reviews on Mexico are at best tepid and at worse condoning of Mr AMLO. No mention is made of his drive to destroy separation of power and other democratic institutions that were planted in the 1990s and nurtured by both President Zedillo and President Fox during their mandates. Successive administrations had their focus elsewhere and the political reform process hibernated until AMLO’s takeover. The road to AMLOs astounding victory was paved by both the Calderon and the Pena Nieto Administrations whose corruption and lack of leadership in crucial matters such as addressing the organized crime hydra; promoting further growth of the Mexican middle classes and concentrating as India has done in building virtuous migration circles with the US enraged the people to the point that the vote for AMLO rode on a revenge sentiment. To be sure, they both engaged in big time corruption and erratic public policymaking. Needless to say AMLO’s regime is not dealing with any of this crucial issues for Mexico’s development. But his landslide victory confers to him a legitimacy that few world leaders have as most win by at most 105 of votes over their rivals. As a result he obtained super powers with over two thirds majority in the senate and congress and everywhere where local elections coincided with the presidential competition.

Time has shown how wrong Mexicans were to think that Mr AMLO could redress the situation. He has engaged in same corruption practices and is now destroying the institutional progress of the 1990s which has accounted for the largest middle class formation in Latin America in the past 30 years. This could have terrible repercussions for the United States as Mr AMLO’s tenure is planting the seeds of a fully blown narco state at its southern border. As those institutions crumble under AMLO’s pounding , organized crime will phagocytize their inner membrane through corruption to soon start the take over of those in the United States. And while only Mexicans can restore democratic order in their country, the region should initiate a thorough review of AMLA;s regime violations of the Democratic Charter of the Americas. This would at the very least begin the unwinding of the institutional batter under going in Mexico under AMLO’s tenure.

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