Monday, 11 March 2019 17:50 WIB |
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador™s first 100 days in office have combined a compulsive shedding of presidential trappings with a dizzying array of policy initiatives, and a series of missteps haven™t dented his soaring approval ratings.
Lopez Obrador has answered more questions from the press, flown in more economy-class flights, posed for more selfies with admiring citizens and visited more genuinely risky areas with little or no security than several combined decades of his predecessors. He™s also surprised many by maintaining a cordial relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, helping contain Central American migrant caravans while resisting U.S. efforts to oust the leftist government of Venezuela.
The folksy perennial candidate took office Dec. 1 and by the end of his first month, Lopez Obrador™s approval rating surpassed 80 percent. He has taken full advantage of that mandate to move quickly on many fronts ” perhaps too many.
Before Lopez Obrador had even taken office he held a referendum on the partially constructed $13 billion Mexico City airport. He used the resulting vote as a green light to cancel a project he had campaigned against.
For Lopez Obrador, Mexico™s foreign policy boils down to simply non-intervention, and he leaves the field to his top diplomat, Marcelo Ebrard.
But some critics say Mexico is doing Trump™s bidding by accepting the U.S. œremain in Mexico program and by restricting the movement of caravans of Central American migrants.œRemain in Mexico makes Central American asylum applicants await resolution of their cases from the Mexican side of the border.
Source : VOA