Recent protests have illuminated a political divide in Mexico. First, thousands took to the streets to protest against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to overhaul the country’s elections authority, the INE, or Instituto Nacional Electoral. Two weeks later, AMLO himself called a march to celebrate his four years in office, a move read by many as an attempt to showcase political strength. Why are some critics calling this a “make-or-break” moment for Mexican democracy? In this episode of The Americas Quarterly Podcast, Brian Winter and political commentator Carlos Bravo Regidor discuss what is at stake in the confrontation over the INE, what to expect from the 2024 elections and Mexico’s relationship with the United States.
Carlos Bravo Regidor is a political commentator and independent consultant
Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly
AQ Presidential Profile: Andrés Manuel López Obrador by AQ editors
What a Comedian’s Poll Performance Says About Mexican Politics by Carin Zissis
Is Mexico’s Security Policy Backfiring? by Sonja Wolf
Tags: AMLO, AQ Podcast, Mexico, Mexico Elections, nearshoring