It’s been a year since Andrés Manuel López Obrador won an electoral victory so decisive that it was likened to a tsunami. Changes started before he took office, from the cancelation of a massive infrastructure project—an international airport outside the capital—to promises of others, such as a train slated to carve through the Yucatán and an oil refinery in his home state. At his December 1 inauguration, he pledged to end Mexico’s neoliberal era. Rating agencies have since warned about the financial management of indebted state oil firm Pemex, civil society groups saw budgets slashedas the government cut them out of services, and López Obrador—or AMLO—made himself an image of austerity by boarding commercial flights and using a white Jetta over a heavily guarded black SUV.
There’s all that and plenty more to cover but for an idea of what’s taken place in the first seven months of AMLO’s government, here is a look at three relationships marking his presidency.
1. His relationship with the press
AMLO’s predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto, barely gave press conferences. AMLO instead sets the agenda by broadcasting one each morning from the National Palace. For those wondering how long he can keep it up, he held them daily as Mexico City’s mayor. Most Mexicans approve of the mañaneras, which are carried on platforms like YouTube and Spotify, and AMLO says they show he differs from what came before as he makes himself accountable to the public. Critics counter that he uses the daily pressers for his own benefit. At one in March, a fawning reporter asked about his health routine and compared him to a Kenyan runner.Read More