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Weighing The Price Of Latin America's Soft Drink Epidemic

The sweet (and unhealthy) underbelly of the region's economic growth.

Jarritos, a popular brand of sodas in Mexico
Jarritos, a popular brand of sodas in Mexico
Hector Cancino Salas

BUENOS AIRES - Just as many Latin American countries are leading the world in economic growth, they are also leading in other, not so positive aspects, like soft drink consumption.

According to a study published by market research firm Euromonitor International, Argentina, Chile and Mexico are the top three consumers of sodas and soft drinks in the world, with Uruguay ranking seventh.

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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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