Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. [313][314], Former Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose resignation amid allegations of fraud in October's presidential election left his country without a leader and mired in growing chaos, departed Bolivia Monday November 11, 2019 night on a plane for Mexico, which offered him asylum. Claiming that all the country's institutions are linked and protect each other, López Obrador said that they "no longer work" and called for the creation of new ones.[86]. "[235][236], López Obrador has been a critic of NAFTA, arguing small Mexican corn farmers have been hurt,[237] as well as proposing to defend avocado farmers from agricultural tariffs. For about two hours on 9 August, protesters took over the tollbooths on four federal highways linking Mexico City to Cuernavaca, Querétaro, Toluca, and Pachuca. The president continued to hold rallies, be tactile with crowds, and downplay the threat of coronavirus to Mexicans' health and to the Mexican economy. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science. UU. These included price ceilings for tortillas,[102] in the form of a "Tortilla Price Stabilization Pact", that protects local producers of corn, a presidential decree limiting the President's salary and that of cabinet ministers, and a proposal for a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would significantly lower salaries for all public servants and impose caps on their remuneration. He was president of the PRD from 2 August 1996 to 10 April 1999. [202] Despite 18 January 2019 Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion that cost the lives of at least 119 in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo,[203] and local fuel shortages, gasoline theft was cut by 95% from 81,000 barrels in November 2018 to 4,000 barrels in April 2019 with a savings of 11 billion pesos ($581 million). Austerity. López Obrador appealed the results, claiming widespread irregularities in the vote, and demanded that every single vote be recounted[66] (A generalized recount is only legal in extreme circumstances according to Mexican Electoral Tribunal Jurisprudence S3ELJ14-2004. ¡Por eso es que no sabe nada de fútbol! Petroleum is at the center of his energy policy and has in essence banned private investment in that sector. [244] The USMCA increases environmental and labor regulations, and it incentivizes more domestic production of cars and trucks. [103] These measures were interpreted by some as actions "seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to incorporate the agenda of election rival Andrés Manuel López Obrador into his government",[103] and by others as actions designed to undercut the opposition government. He began his political career in 1976 as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Tabasco. [246] The Mexican Senate ratified the treaty on 19 June 2019,[247] but it still awaits ratification by the U.S. and Canada. [208] He has proposed amnesty for some drug war criminals,[217] for which he would seek the aid of international NGOs, Pope Francis,[218] and UN Secretary-General António Guterres. [301] López Obrador dismantled the Federal Police, saying they were corrupt, but incorporated them into the new National Guard, now being used to stop Central American immigrants at the southern border, delighting U.S. President Trump.[292]. UU. [196] In February 2018, his business adviser, Alfonso Romo, said, "[he] reviewed most of the oil tenders awarded to private drillers and found them to be beneficial for Mexico. End monopolies, any private citizen who wants to participate in media, television, telephony, should be able to. "[212] He also argues that, "Children go to school without eating and that is not addressed in the so-called education reform.