Wall Street Journal

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Radical Legacy in Mexico

His lame-duck reforms will hurt Mexicans, drive investment away, and wreck relations with the US.

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An airman unstraps an inert Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) during the Lone Star Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on July 13, 2023. (US Air Force photo)
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaking at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 14, 2024. (Luis Barron/Eyepix Group/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Expected constitutional and political changes in Mexico will upend the bilateral relationship with the U.S., causing chaos at the border and likely kicking off a trade war. The result will be economic stagnation in Mexico. Only the cartels pushing poison into both nations will benefit.

Mexico’s lame-duck president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, seems intent on passing a series of “reforms” to eliminate independent regulators or merge their offices with executive-branch agencies. A clear violation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, this would cripple investor confidence in the Mexican system. The flow of foreign direct investment from the U.S. would dry up.

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