The Times podcast: Mexico’s weird presidential self-recall

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador participates in a 2019 in Mexico City ceremony commemorating the “Niños Heroes,” a group of cadets who died defending the military academy from U.S. invading forces in the 1847 Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.
(Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)

Earlier this month, Mexico had an election. But it wasn’t business as usual. The vote was a first in Mexico — a recall referendum on the country’s president. The person pushing to recall the president … was the president himself.

Today we get into the curious history of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times foreign correspondents Leila Miller and Kate Linthicum

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