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Not "all" their fault
Not "all" their fault
Shaul Amsterdamski

TEL AVIV — Complaints in Israel that the government's job of making new laws and policy has been steadily deteriorating. While most point fingers at the elected leaders, it is becoming clear that much of the fault lies with the government offices and ministries becoming more and more dependent on outside private companies specialized in consulting.

A quite strange public tender offer that was made by the Health Ministry last December is a perfect example. It called for companies to “provide consulting services in the process of writing tenders and initiatives.” The ministry basically made a public tender for companies to advise it how to write public tenders.

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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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