PERSON OF THE WEEK - Aug. 27 - Sep. 3, 2006
Socialist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, lost Mexico's presidential election. Yet, he is now receiving his second Person of the Week award while the winner, conservative Felipe Calderon, has yet to earn one. I'd honestly love to give this award to Calderon, but AMLO just won't go away!
Lopez Obrador won his first Person of the Week when he threatened not to recognize Calderon's victory and thereby established himself as a danger to Mexico's fragile democracy. He wins this week for making good on that threat. As expected, AMLO refused to recognize the Mexican Electoral Tribunal's ruling that Calderon was President elect, and he is actively taking steps to cripple the Mexican government. Last week, his supporters in the Congress prevented outgoing President Vicente Fox from delivering his final state-of-the-nation address by storming the stage moments before Fox was to begin speaking. Those same legislators are now reportedly planning to use the same method to block Calderon from being sworn into office on December first.
Meanwhile, AMLO himself has announced that he will declare himself President of Mexico and form a parallel government that will attempt to rule the nation from the streets. In addition, Obrador has proposed scrapping the Mexican Constitution for a new one that will cause a "radical transformation" in the country.
So, for proving that he is serious about taking power at any cost, with or without the consent of the Mexican people, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is ConservaGlobe's Person of the Week.
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