Mexico: A coup d'état is impossible
In Mexico, the army's image was affected by the failed Culiacán operation - Photo: Luis Cortés/EL UNIVERSAL

Mexico: A coup d'état is impossible

03/11/2019
09:49
Mexico City
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A social media post shared by President López Obrador was enough to create controversy

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A post on social media, shared by President López Obrador, was enough to create controversy in regards to a possible coup d'état in Mexico, to overthrow a democratically elected government. This is a scenario that is not only unfeasible, it should also be disregarded in the future because it does not benefit anyone. It took a long time to build a democratic Mexico, which shouldn't go backward by mentioning the use of force, something that hadn't been mentioned in a long time.

Firstly, we have to remember that the Mexican army, in contrast with other major countries in Latin America, has an institutionalized tradition that is deeply rooted. While in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile the military officers betrayed the population and took over the governments, in Mexico, the army has always been loyal to the administrations, even when ruling parties have changed.

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The events that took place in Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, resulted in a difficult decision made by President López Obrador. According to several experts and military officers, this decision affected the image of the Mexican army. Nevertheless, this criticism is far from raising the possibility that the army is considering a coup d'état against a government elected by the majority of Mexicans in 2018.

It would be even worse if, after this unfortunate comment, there would be people who consider the use of force is possible, in the face of disagreement voiced by several sectors that don't agree with changes implemented by the current administration.

Now, all political sectors are obliged to reject this idea. Fortunately, the comments made by different political parties have rejected the use of force, hours after the parallel drawn by López Obrador on Saturday; luckily, the events of the past will never repeat.

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In the face of the reactions generated by the changes implemented by this government, some in favor and some against, the best both parties can do is to be prudent and careful.

The opposition shouldn't question the legitimacy of the López Obrador administration or compare its actions with those implemented by dictatorships, which later overthrown using violence.

However, members of the federal government and from Morena should tolerate criticism and not try to confuse people by leading them to think that questioning a democratically elected government is the same as calling for its abolition.

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