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Highlight of the Week
On Thursday afternoon, AMLO’s pick for finance secretary Carlos Urzúa effectively hit pause on the proposal, asking legislators for a financial impact study before moving forward. In a statement his team called for more coordination on economic issues from both houses of Congress, saying the “goal of improving Mexicans’ quality of life … won’t necessarily be achieved without taking public finances into account.”
It was the second time in recent weeks that López Obrador’s team has dealt with jittery markets. Observers say the president-elect may see a need to tread lightly given the negative economic fallout of his cancellation of Mexico City’s new airport project. But in this case the balance of public opinion – including from many who were critical of AMLO’s airport decision – seems in favor of taking on the banks.
A Critical Week on Security
Alfonso Durazo, AMLO’s pick for public security secretary, said that the plan would not include the purchase of new arms or technology for fighting crime. Instead, the strategy is expected to focus on cracking down on corruption, identifying areas of priority for military and police deployment, and the eventual creation of a national guard. A change to drug policy is also in the works, as Morena legislators this week presented a bill to legalize the growth, sale and use of marijuana.
The announcement comes as the Supreme Court plans on Nov. 12 to take up a highly controversial law that critics say gives the military expansive authority over public security. Civil society groups have called on AMLO to use his majority in Congress to replace the law, which was passed by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2017. But despite reservations, members of AMLO’s transition team say they’ll wait until the court weighs in before seeking any changes to the legislation.
AMLO met with Morena legislators on Monday to discuss implementation of his 14 legislative priorities, including regulation of a new attorney general’s office and a new austerity law.
Opposition legislators called on López Obrador to rescind Nicolás Maduro’s invitation to attend his inauguration on Dec. 1.
AMLO says his next public consultation, this time on a $7.5 billion train project in Mexico’s southeast, will take place in December.
Quote of the Week
“It was sensationalist, yellow journalism. But it’s normal, that’s liberty, that’s democracy.”
Russell is AQ’s correspondent in Mexico City