Mexico City Executive Partner Luis Rubio Barnetche was interviewed by Latinvex
about President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's public image and its potential effects on an upcoming mid-term referendum that will determine if he will remain in power. The president, popularly known as AMLO, has been viewed as increasingly authoritarian, and it remains to be seen how recent scandals will affect his anti-corruption image. Mr. Rubio Barnetche answered questions about potential for fraud in the referendum and whether AMLO will win it, the checks and balances against him and how his perception as an anti-corruption politician has changed in light of scandal. In terms of the referendum, Mr. Rubio Barnetche commented that although recent surveys put the president's approval rating at approximately 50 percent, how he manages the current economic crisis and related issues will be important factors for voters.
"The impact generated by the collapse of the economy, the lack of confidence in the Government on the part of the national and international private sector, the increase in unemployment and violence in the country, stand as the most important 'counterweights' to influence the mid-term referendum," he said. "The handling of these problems will undoubtedly carry an important weight in the 2021 results."
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