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What a Populist President Would Mean for Mexico

May 21, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the National Regeneration Movement's candidate for Mexico's presidency, addresses the crowd at a campaign event on April 20, 2018.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the National Regeneration Movement's candidate for Mexico's presidency, addresses the crowd at a campaign event on April 20, 2018. The populist leader's strong performance in the polls ahead of the July 1 vote is making investors in and outside Mexico nervous about what his administration would do.

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Less than two months before Mexico's next presidential election, populist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador leads the polls by 10 points. Lopez Obrador is a leftist leader with a vague policy agenda that raises more questions than it answers. And if he makes it to the presidency, it will be on a wave of anti-establishment feeling among Mexican voters with whom his condemnations of corruption, and of President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic and energy reforms, resonate. For many observers in and outside the country, his election is a worrisome prospect....

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