Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

  • Mexican president launches stinging attack on his five predecessors
    MEXICO CITY, September 15 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday moved closer to an unprecedented national vote on what he describes as the corrupt rule of his predecessors, alleging they allowed massive theft of public resources over decades. Singling out the terms of former presidents going back to 1988, Lopez Obrador read out a long list of grievances, blaming them for the rampant graft and spiraling cycles of violence and inequality that ha
  • Mexico's president nods to environment but favours state energy firms
    MEXICO CITY, September 3 (Reuters): On the campaign trail two years ago, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged to meet Mexico's commitments on combating global warming and discussed moving the oil-producing nation away from fossil fuels with leading environmentalists, like former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Since taking office in late 2018, Mexico's president has promoted a major reforestation program, pledged to phase out the herbicide glyphosate, and railed against fra
  • Mexican president gains popularity during pandemic: poll
    MEXICO CITY, September 1 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approval ratings have risen during the coronavirus pandemic, with a majority of surveyed voters applauding his campaign to crack down on political corruption, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Lopez Obrador now holds a 65% approval rate, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 voters in face-to-face interviews conducted by pollster Parametria from Aug. 26 to 30. The rate rose from
  • Mexican president forges crucible for corruption fight, eyeing key vote
    MEXICO CITY, August 28 (Reuters): Gearing up for a key election next year, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has wielded corruption as both a stick with which to beat political adversaries, and a lightning rod to deflect criticism from his record in office. Now, videos of his brother receiving cash from a political ally have cast doubt over Lopez Obrador's upright image, undermining his argument that entrenched corruption has fed chronic gang violence and held b
  • Mexican president volunteers to try Russian coronavirus vaccine
    MEXICO CITY, August 17 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would volunteer to be among the first to try a Russian vaccine for the novel coronavirus if it proved effective. Moscow's decision to approve the vaccine and produce the first batches after less than two months of human testing has raised concerns among some scientists considering only about 10% of clinical trials are successful. Some scientists have said they fear Russia ma
  • Mexican president slammed after comments on women staying at home
    MEXICO CITY, June 26 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday suggested the tradition of women staying at home to take care of older family members was key to battling the coronavirus pandemic, sparking criticism his comments were sexist.   This is not the first time the 66-year-old leader has been accused of making tone-deaf comments and lacking empathy towards women.   "People want to change women's role and that is one