Latin America

AMLO brushes off scandals ahead of recall referendum

Revelations concerning the president’s son and close political allies have only marginally dented AMLO’s popularity

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Followers of the Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, take part during a rally to support. Photo: Raj Valley/Alamy

There are only two weeks left before center-left Mexican President Andrés Manuel “AMLO” López Obrador faces the polls in a recall referendum he himself pushed, but the final stretch has been punctuated by political distractions for the Mexican leader.

First, reports about the lifestyle of AMLO’s son, José Ramón López, hit the press, in which it was alleged José Ramón stayed at the luxurious Texas property of a Baker Hughes executive, a firm known for its contracts with Mexico’s state-owned hydrocarbons giant Pemex.

Though officials quickly countered that Baker Hughes’ most profitable deals with Pemex were signed by previous...

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