Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: presidencia.gob.mx

By KELIN DILLON

Despite having written and signed an agreement with Mexico’s governors to not violate the electoral process, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continued to publicly badmouth his political opponents over the weekend, just hours before the official start of campaigns for the upcoming June midterm elections, showing his “agreement for democracy” to be nothing more than an act.

AMLO tweeted out a cartoon from his own leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) cartoonist El Fisgón on Saturday, April 3, depicting members of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), López Obrador’s opponents, as buying votes and acting as allies in Mexico’s drug trafficking trade.

“Today’s cartoon of El Fisgón is a clear, didactic and forceful compendium,” read López Obrador’s analysis of the drawing. “Faced with the revolution of consciences and the awakening of the people, the corrupt elites and their spokesmen have no other option than to repeat lies and even make a fool of themselves.”

AMLO did not back up his allegations against his opponents since there is no evidence to confirm his claims against them.

In the National Agreement of Democracy, AMLO himself appealed to the governors to “not to intervene to support any candidate from any party; not to allow the public budget to be used for electoral purposes,” as well as to “commit ourselves to guaranteeing free and fair elections and respecting the will of the people.”

As the campaign season for the midterm elections has officially begun, López Obrador has started off the period on the wrong foot, clearly not abiding by the same rules he begged his opponents to follow and even signed together in agreement to maintain clean and fair elections, showing that to AMLO, the National Agreement of Democracy is nothing more than a piece of paper.

…April 5, 2021

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