The first two parts of this series covered the rise of Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador and his record in government, before the arrival of the coronavirus. In the third and final part, we turn our attention to recent developments, analyzing how AMLO has tackled the Covid-19 pandemic at the head of Latin America’s second-largest economy.
As with all incumbent world leaders, AMLO’s performance during the pandemic will define his presidency, more so than his measures related to the War on Drugs, or his anti-corruption crusade. At the time of publication, Mexico has recorded 226,089 cases of Covid-19 and 27,769 deaths. Only Brazil has seen higher absolute mortality from the disease, while having 90 million more people and six times the number of confirmed cases.
But how do we gauge success or failure in the handling of a pandemic?