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The Truth Hurts: Why Turkey’s Decision To Block An IMF Report Exposes More Than It Hides

Editorial: As concerns about the economy deepen, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has blocked publication of the IMF’s latest report on Turkey. It’s the latest sign of a lack of professionalism.

Istanbul market (John Walker)
Istanbul market (John Walker)
Erdal Sağlam

ISTANBUL – The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blocked the public release of the International Monetary Fund's latest report on Turkey. The IMF allows individual governments the right to deny permission to publish a country report if they so choose, though this right is rarely exercised.

So what should we make of the Turkish government preventing the latest report from going public? "Smart governments' seldom exercise this right, which amounts to rejecting transparency. They generally choose to go public with a report even if it is not in their favor because they know that not publishing it will have much greater consequences.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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