MEXICO CITY (AP) – Andrés Manuel López Obrador created his own party to win Mexico’s presidency. Now its internal weakness and divisions threaten to undermine his administration.
López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement – known to all in Mexico as Morena – is making a third try to elect a party president, and it’s not going well.
It has tried to use a sort of public opinion poll run by the federal electoral agency, and the result is a bitter dispute between an 87-year-old political warhorse who previously led two other parties and his less prominent 48-year-old rival.
Immediately at stake is the president’s now perilously thin majority in Congress, with midterm elections set for next year and the party lacking formal organization in most of Mexico’s 32 states. It holds only seven governorships, in coalitions with other parties.
Beyond that is the question of whether Morena, in its present form, will outlast the presidency of its creator, who is