Mexico City, Mexico — Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (2006-2012) called for the Mexican elites, the army, and the United States government to monitor upcoming presidential elections in 2024.
During the conference “Democracy and Populism in Latin America,” held on October 4, Calderón weighed in on the state of the current Mexican government and the elections next year, where he called out a growing authoritarian affront against Mexican democracy.
According to the ex-president, the Mexican business class should start funneling greater resources toward the political opposition of the ruling MORENA party, which was created by current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and whose politicians currently govern around 70% of Mexico.
He also said that the Mexican army and the U.S. government should watch the presidential elections.
“We have to strike a big gong in the United States. I respectfully believe that American diplomacy is very busy in Ukraine, but it is not seeing the magnitude of the coming crackdown on democracy in Latin America, which is already operating and will end up eating away at the vital interests of the United States,” he said.
“I believe that we have to talk to the army because the army will live up to what is required, which is to be loyal to the presidency and to the Mexican constitution.”
While the campaign trails have not officially started, Mexican political powerhouses have already presented their presidential candidates, with former Mayor of Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum nominated by the ruling MORENA party, and former Senator Xochitl Galvez representing a meagered political opposition bloc.
As of today, all polls have placed Sheinbaum as the virtual winner of the presidential election.
“It is necessary to create a great citizen’s organization, a citizen’s army to defeat the illegal machinery that is being set up against democracy in Mexico,” Calderón added.