Catching El Peje: what lawyers expect from AMLO's presidency

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is popularly known as El Peje because of his Tabasqueño accent. The nickname comes from pejelagarto (literally, fishlizard), an alligator-like fish from his native Tabasco. Much like his freshwater namesake, it’s hard to pin down what he is, so Latin Lawyer asked some of Mexico’s top lawyers for help.

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López Obrador was elected president last year with the largest popular mandate since the end of one party rule by the PRI in 2000. His campaign pledge to deal with endemic corruption and the huge gap between rich and poor resonated with many tired of unresolved graft scandals, endless drug wars and grinding poverty. But how López Obrador would achieve these laudable goals was much less clear. Before the election, some compared him to Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, predicting a path towards economic and political ruin through egotism and incompetence. Others claimed he was a social democrat, whose policies might work in western Europe, but were doomed to fail in Mexico. Critics on the left were just as harsh. They slammed his coalition with Christian evan­gelicals, whose policies would have gone down well in Victorian England. A campaign promise of fiscal rectitude didn't go down well either. Three months into his six-year term, Latin Lawyer checked in with some of Mexico’s leading lawyers to ask what actions his government will take. Below are six things to expect from El Peje’s presidency.

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