By Jan Martinez Ahrens | 13 January 2017
EL PAIS — Mexico has entered a new political cycle. While US president-elect Donald Trump is ramping up economic pressure on the country, the economy has stagnated, the currency is in free fall, violence related to the drug trade refuses to go away, and domestic unrest over issues including a hike in gas prices continues to be a fact of life.
n this context, Mexican voters could take a left turn once the current president, the deeply unpopular Enrique Peña Nieto, finishes his current and final term, according to a new report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a bureau set up in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York to coordinate the operations of the country’s secret service agencies.
“With presidential elections in 2018 and Peña Nieto limited to one term, voters may lean toward a more leftist opposition that pushes to roll back reforms and trade deals if reforms do not reduce Mexico’s stark economic divide,” the office’s latest Global Trends report states in a clear allusion to Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his left-wing National Regeneration Movement, also known as Morena.
The report stresses high levels of “public frustration” in the North American region, including Mexico, “because uncertainty about economic conditions and social changes is rising at the same time that trust in most governments is declining.” […]