Mexican President's Pandemic Economic Plan Faces Criticisms

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Monday, April 6, 2020 - 4:08pm
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Mexican pPresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave a speech at the empty patio of Mexico's National Palace during the coronavirus pandemic.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, presented his economic plan to face the coronavirus pandemic. He says the plan focuses on helping the poor while avoiding the flaws of neoliberal capitalism, but workers and business groups are concerned.

The plan extends government credits to the working class. Gas prices and taxes rates will remain fixed. And high ranking officials’ salaries and Christmas bonuses will be cut.

López Obrador also informed that his government will keep building its signature projects: an oil refinery in the state of Tabasco, a tourist train in the Mexican south and an airport in a military base near Mexico City.

But the president said his government will not increase public debt nor forgive taxes.

"We will not open the door to the corrupt," AMLO said.

But business groups say the plan will trigger a recession, arguing that without stimulus packages, investment will drop and businesses will have to let people go or shut down.

Workers groups  are concerned with an increase of unemployment and poverty. Organized waiters protested outside the president’s office. 

"The success of our plan will set an example for the world," the president stated.

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