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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

AMLO Leading in Mexico

From the Miami Herald:

Although the Mexican presidential election is not until July, the dynamics of the contest already seem set: the election is Andrés Manuel López Obrador's -- AMLO, for short -- to lose. His personality, his vision and his ambition are defining the race, with other candidates following in his wake.

The problem for the United States is that AMLO is a populist, nationalist, against globalization, and instinctively anti-U.S., in the old tradition of Mexico's traditional ruling party, the PRI, from which he defected years ago when it began to modernize. Like other Latin American populists, he appeals to the millions of poor people who have not benefited much in fact, or at all in perception, from the economic liberalizations of the '90s or the more recent boom in oil prices.

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