Total recall? Not really. In most countries, it’s the opposition that would champion a presidential recall vote. In the case of Mexico’s April 10 revocación de mandato, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s supporters called for the recall. The popular president is almost certain to win it, most Mexicans don’t see it as necessary, and it’ll cost a pretty peso.
So why hold it at all? Mexican journalist and political analyst Fernanda Caso talks with AS/COA’s Carin Zissis about the strange case of Mexico’s recall referendum in the latest episode of Latin America in Focus. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, or Google.
See López Obrador’s approval levels and citizens’ views on the recall in AS/COA Online’s tracker.
But first. Uruguay holds its own referendum March 27 in which voters will decide whether to strike down 135 out of 476 articles from a far-reaching reform passed in 2020, early in the presidency of Luis Lacalle Pou. The legislation in question covers everything from education to fiscal reform, though there’s particular attention to security-related articles that strengthen prison sentences and make it easier to dismantle protests.
But the referendum “is as much about the law as it is a midterm about the president himself,” the EIU’s Nicolás Saldías told AS/COA Online's Chase Harrison. Read about the vote and the result outlook.