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President AMLO? Leftist Populism Smells Triumph In Mexico

Leftist presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is Mexico's answer to Trump. AMLO's details are vague, but his poll numbers are rising.

AMLO, the presidential candidate at one of his rallies across Mexico.
AMLO, the presidential candidate at one of his rallies across Mexico.
Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY - Mexico's general election, set for July 1, is becoming clearer every day. The fight is between two very different perspectives on life and government's role in development and daily life. Arrogance is facing redemption. A vast number of citizens are now sick and tired of business as usual in this country: the threat of crime, government corruption, unfulfilled promises and the clash of promises by politicians (of all stripes) and the harsh, daily reality. The offers made by all the candidates save one, sound frivolous if not banal. Each is implicitly offering "just what" Mexico needs, but for the average voter, they sound false after similar vows have been made for decades.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

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Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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