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Mexico’s president gives power and money to the armed forces | The Economist

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador runs the risk of involving the military in politics.

Congress voted in September to give the defense ministry, which is run by a general, responsibility of the National Guard, which was established in 2019 to replace the federal police. The army’s duty in maintaining law and order will be extended by one year, from 2024 to 2028, by the upper chamber of Congress.  He has now given them greater authority than any of his predecessors. He bets that they will be less corrupt and move more quickly than officials. The army is well-liked; members of the pueblo (common people) make up its ranks, and many Mexicans appreciate its efforts in the war against narcotics. Democracies that give their armed forces excessive authority risk losing their democratic nature. Mexico, a country that has never seen a military dictatorship, maybe take that chance under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Source: https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/10/13/mexicos-president-gives-power-and-money-to-the-armed-forces


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