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Is it a democracy when checks and balances are weakened?

The former president of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, warns about “democratic change” in many countries around the world.

During his participation in Actinver Day, which took place at the Hacienda de Los Morales located in Mexico City, he met the former president of Spain, José María Aznar, the former president of Mexico. He called for protecting democracy.

“I think the biggest challenge is to protect democracy; if we protect democracy, if we avoid this democratic regression that we have seen in some countries, and if we are healing the wounds that have been made, I am optimistic,” he said.

Zedillo, who governed Mexico between 1994 and 2000, confirmed that democracy needs citizens who believe in it and not cults, in reference to the populism that is spreading in Latin America.

“In the past, some were able to seize power with the military. What happened is that they know how the system works, and they love democracy until they sit in power, and when they agree, they seek to destroy democracy. This is a serious problem because the way to access democracy is through deception, demagoguery, and populism,” he said.

The former president spoke privately of the accusations the president made against him on Tuesday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in his morning conference, where he asked him four questions about his management, such as the creation of the Bank Savings Protection Fund (Fobaproa) or the disappearance of passenger trains.

The president said that in the last six-year term, the country suffered a lot of backwardness and that “the “neoliberal” rulers are “brutal.”

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“Whenever a politician who doesn’t understand some things wants to insult someone, neoliberalism tells you,” Zedillo answered.

He pointed out that at this time there is concern not only about economic issues but also about politics, which leads many people to ask if the references are invalidated, which has been the case in most countries in recent decades.

For what you are called to be “more thoughtful” and “doesn’t just refer to big labels” like market economy, capitalism, or neoliberalism “that no one has yet defined, it’s a very popular term.” At that time, he referred to this last qualification, which President López Obrador often refers to in his speeches.

He describes himself as a “liberal, nineteenth-century, classic, traditionalist.” “And unfortunately, I no longer have any physical characteristics to say; I’m a neo. I don’t have neo, he repeated.

Is It A Democracy When Checks And Balances Are Weakened?

Zedillo continued and said that the populist governments “They tried to have as docile, majority Congress as possible, and when any of the other powers of the State try to do their constitutional work, they devote themselves to finding a way that that power may be individuals who do not follow what the Constitution says but what is government. wants and desires. sovereign”.

“Is it really a democracy if the checks and balances are weak, when the legitimacy of the Judiciary is questioned, when other organs of the State are attacked and destroyed?” he added.

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