U.S. avocado stunt ends tough week for Mexican president

A U.S. decision to suspend shipments of avocados from a violent Mexican state sealed a tough week for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose approval rating suffered an unusual drop in a tracking poll released Sunday. Lopez Obrador, whose ever-robust popularity has been more resilient than most world leaders, this month found himself embroiled in a war of words with a critical reporter over his reporting on the lifestyle of the one of the president’s sons.

The president on Friday devoted part of his daily press conference to slamming journalist Carlos Loret de Mola – and named his salary – just a day after authorities confirmed the fifth murder of a media worker in Mexico this year. “He went from being against the system to ‘I’m the system,'” said Roy Campos, director of polling firm Consulta Mitofsky, whose follow-up poll this weekend showed Lopez Obrador had recorded his biggest daily decline in nearly two years.

The poll released Sunday shows leftist Lopez Obrador with an approval rating of 61.2%, 0.6 percentage points lower than Saturday and 1.5 points lower than a week earlier. Lopez Obrador argues that Loret is part of entrenched interests resisting his plan to make Mexico a fairer society. But his singling out of the journalist at a time of heightened sensitivity towards the profession has aroused unease.

Loret said the revelations put him in danger and Lopez Obrador was angry that his reporting on the son’s seemingly expensive lifestyle mismatched the image of personal austerity the president projected. On Saturday, without mentioning Loret, the US Embassy in Mexico said it was “appalled” https://www.Reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-usa/us-embassy-dismayed-over-violence-against – journalists-in-mexico-idUSKBN2KH0OG by the situation facing journalists in the country, highlighting the latest murder.

Later that day, the Mexican government said the United States had temporarily suspended https://www.Reuters.com/article/mexico-usa-avocado/mexico-says-us-suspends-avocado-shipments-from -michoacan-state -idUSKBN2KI00M shipments of avocados for security reasons from the western state of Michoacan, the country’s top producing region, which has long been plagued by gang violence. The U.S. Embassy said the U.S. lawyer inspection program in Michoacan has been suspended pending a review of the security situation. Exports are “not blocked” and the suspension does not affect lawyers “in transit”, an embassy spokesperson said.

The Embassy noted that all avocados exported from Michoacan to the United States must be inspected by US authorities. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador, for the second time in less than a month, received a visit from a senior US government official flagging investor concerns https://www.Reuters.com/business/environment /kerry-urges-cooperation-with-mexico-clean-energy-power-bill-rankles-2022-02-09 on Mexico’s plans to tighten state control over its energy market.

The country is already facing economic headwinds as figures released late last month showed Mexico had slipped into a technical recession https://www.Reuters.com/business/mexico-gdp -contracts-again-enters-technical-recession-2022-01-31 at the end of last year. Lopez Obrador has set a referendum for April 10 for the public to vote on whether to see out the rest of his term, which is due to end at the end of September 2024.

Political analysts say there is almost no chance he will lose and many opposition politicians have dismissed the referendum as unnecessary. The president argued that it was important that he be held accountable to the public.

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