Right Wing. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that Latin America cannot expect anything good from right-wing governments. "They are conservative governments that only represent a minority. It is very unfortunate that these governments continue to advance and continue to triumph over those who seek justice."
The initial successes of leftist governments, which included a rapid rise in literacy rates, as well as reductions in malnutrition, extreme poverty, unemployment and income inequality, relied heavily on the 2000s commodities boom, which allowed funding for social development programs. However, the dramatic drop in inequality and accompanying economic growth hit a wall when the commodities market crashed at the end of the decade, plunging the region into recession. The perceived overspending of the social democratic governments on welfare expansion and subsidies was highly criticized. Subsequently, it was replaced with a string of ‘New’ right-wingers.
In recent years, center-left reformists gained ground once more across Latin America, with recent victories scored in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Honduras and Colombia. However, the elections in Argentina and Paraguay have shown that a shift to the right may be coming, as leftist leaders have not been able to fulfill all their promises after COVID-19.
AIFA Suburban Train. López Obrador said that the extension of the Suburban Train to reach AIFA from Buenavista will bring many benefits to Mexicans.
In 2022, the government announced that the Suburban Train that runs from Buenavista to Lechería would be extended to AIFA. This project is expected to be completed by 2024, as it aims to enhance connectivity and address mobility challenges within the North Valley Zone of Mexico (ZNVM) with the addition of 23km of double-electrified tracks, six new stations and state-of-the-art signaling and telecommunications systems.
Genaro García. President López Obrador is certain that if García Luna had not been imprisoned, he would have been appointed security coordinator of the opposition coalition Frente Amplio por México, instead of former governor of Tamaulipas Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca.
García Luna is being processed in Florida for five crimes, four of them related to drug trafficking. The alleged crimes entail participation in corporate crime, conspiracy for global distribution of cocaine, conspiracy for the distribution and possession of cocaine and conspiracy for cocaine import. The fifth accusation entails false testimony to US authorities. He is the highest-ranking former Mexican official to face justice in the US for charges linked to drug trafficking and corruption. His trial started three years ago, after he was arrested in Texas.