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Jonathan Bernstein

López Obrador Has Few Checks on His Power

The new Mexican president’s predilection for governing by referendum challenges the role of Congress: A Q&A before the inauguration.

Now for the hard part.

Now for the hard part.

Photographer: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

I last spoke with the political scientist Jennifer Piscopo, an expert in Latin American politics at Occidental College, right before the Mexican elections this summer. The president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will take office on Saturday, so I went back to Piscopo to see how things have changed in the intervening months. 

The following has been lightly edited for clarity.