In Sunday’s elections, Mexicans reduced President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s power, according to an official prediction of results, giving his MORENA party and allies a smaller majority, making substantial change more difficult.
According to the National Electoral Institute (INE), the ruling coalition won between 265 and 292 of the 500 seats in the lower house, falling short of the two-thirds majority required to pass constitutional reforms.
According to security company Etellekt, the election took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic and high levels of violent crime, with 91 politicians dead in this election cycle.
Lopez Obrador has extended the role of the state in the energy industry and significantly reduced government costs to redirect money to the poor and his priority development projects since assuming office in 2018 after a landslide election.
He has destroyed institutional checks and balances in the process, and he has regularly criticized autonomous entities, like as the Bank of Mexico, prompting detractors to raise concerns about his power consolidation.