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Change or Still Just Hope? Unitarian Speaker Examines AMLO’s Presidency So Far

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By Jon Siervent

President Andres Manuel López Obrador’s approval ratings have attained unprecedented levels in the last few months, now standing at 80 percent. Is this confidence based on facts or merely expectations? What is the rest of the world saying about his administration?

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service (UUFSMA), Mexican political analyst Hector Ulloa separates fact from wishful thinking and takes a good look at the first two quarters of AMLO’s presidency. What has AMLO been doing besides meeting with the press every single morning? Have there been any palpable changes now that he is president?

“It’s been almost six months since López Obrador took office as the new president of México, and his detractors still can’t figure out what happened,” says Ulloa. “They still can’t accept the fact that he is already president and behave as if they were still campaigning. Former President Enrique Peña Nieto has disappeared from the political scene. He was recently seen frolicking at a posh beach resort with his daughter and new girlfriend. Felipe Calderón has been trying to put together a new political party after having divided his own PAN to the brink of extinction. Vincente Fox continually expresses his grievances through Twitter, trying to convince people that López Obrador is ‘a danger to México.’ He recently organized a demonstration demanding that AMLO resign immediately.”

Ulloa has a longstanding relationship with San Miguel de Allende. He studied ethnology at the National School of Anthropology and History in México City and communications at Monterrey Tech before moving here in the mid-1990s. He quickly progressed from a volunteer to assistant editor to the first Mexican editor-in-chief in Atención San Miguel’s history. This gave him an edge when writing editorials, since, being Mexican, he was not limited by law to express his views regarding Mexican politics.

Following his stint at Atención, he became press secretary to then San Miguel Mayor Jaime Fernández. There he got to know how Mexican politics work from the inside, and became aware of the dire conditions in which most people live in San Miguel’s rural communities. After that, he became the Instituto Allende’s academic director, then in 2011 moved to Toluca in the State of México, where he established the website Iconofilia to practice and teach digital photography.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our children’s religious education program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org.

 

UU Service

“AMLO’s First Six Months”

Héctor Ulloa

Sun, May 19, 10:30am

Hotel La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro

 

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