Latin America

How AMLO rose to power in Mexico’s skewed system

Mexico has undergone a dramatic political shift in recent years. In this three-part series, we analyze the rise of left-wing President AMLO

AMLO’s coalition “Together we make history” won the 2018 election in a landslide. Photo: Octavio Hoyos/Shuttestock

Over the past week, Mexico has recorded an average of 672 coronavirus deaths per day — trailing only Brazil and the U.S., despite testing fewer patients than most countries. With over 227,000 total confirmed cases and one of the world’s highest coronavirus fatality rates, critics in the foreign and domestic press have equated the attitudes of left-leaning President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO, to those of his denialist populist counterparts Donald Trump in the U.S. and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro — but just how fair is that comparison?

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