Mexico: President Lopez Obrador continues his term after a referendum to very low participation

The head of state had taken the initiative of this popular consultation by the opposition that denounced a “populist” maneuver.

Le Monde and AFP

Mexicans had to answer, Sunday, April 10, to the following question: “Are you from acord to revoke the mandate of the President for loss of confidence, or to continue the Presidency of the Republic until the end of his term? “.

At the end of this referendum he himself initiated and to very weak participation, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 68, remains in power. In total, more than 90% of voters wanted the President to go until the end of his six-year term of six years in 2024, according to the first estimates of the National Electoral Institute (INE). INE has announced a participation between 17 and 18.2% of the 93 million voters.

The Party of the President Movement for National Regeneration (Morena) welcomed “a sharp result in favor of our president”. “People recognized his commitment to those who need it most, the enormous moral authority with which he governs,” said one of Morena’s leaders, Mario Delgado.

“that no one forgets that it is the people who order,” A had Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador voting at the opening of some 57,000 polling stations in the country.

the spectrum of re-election

Three opposition parties (PAN, right, PD left and the former Part-State of the PRI) had called for abstention, denouncing a “populist exercise”. The PAN discussed a marked popular consultation “by illegality, lies and misappropriation of public resources”. The PRI accused Morena for transforming the referendum into “joking” to “satisfy his own EGO continue to deceive Mexicans,” according to one of his leaders, on Twitter, Alejandro Moreno.

Opponents suspect Amlo to want to rely on a plebiscite to consider a re-election, a political taboo in Mexico from the “Porfiriato”: President Porfirio Diaz -A dictator for some historians – had remained in power for nearly 30 years from 1884 to 1911, before his exile and death in Paris.

/Media reports.