AMLO Claims US Is Lobbying against his Electricity Reform

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo:


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Wednesday, April 6, accused the U,S, government of meddling in Mexican internal affairs and lobbying against his proposed electricity reform bill, which would prioritize carbon-based energy from state-run companies over clean energy from private sources.

“Basically the United States, the United States government, I know, have resorted to that,” AMLO said in his daily morning press conference.

“They are trying to tell us that they do not agree with the bill and even going so far as to insinuate that it would violate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is not true.”

López Obrador said that there have been meetings of opponents of his government with officials of the United States government, something that is not uncommon in any bilateral relationship.

The president went on to say that, while his government respects all nations, it will “act independently and with sovereignty” in regards to the controversial bill.

Later in the day, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar paid a visit to López Obrador at the National Palace, apparently in response to the allegations made by the president.

Over the last few months, the United States has repeatedly expressed its concerns to AMLO that the proposed electricity bill will violate both the USMCA and existing contracts with clean energy corporations.


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