When President Peña Nieto was inaugurated, 61% of Mexicans had a favorable opinion of him. He was a young, handsome president, who had just signed a multi-partisan agreement with the two other main political parties—PAN and PRD—on the main reforms the country needed.
But things change fast in politics. His poll numbers dropped dramatically and last month only 23% had a favorable opinion of him—even lower than former President Ernesto Zedillo’s during the 1994 economic crisis. The corruption scandals, the increase in violence, and the country’s mediocre economic performance, paired with the incomprehensible invitation to Donald Trump, all contributed to the erosion of the little support he had left. This week marked the second anniversary of the tragedy of the 43 students murdered in Iguala—unarguably one of the lowest points of the administration’s time in power and a case that remains unsolved. No wonder thousands of Mexicans poured to the streets during the celebration of their Independence Day, asking Peña Nieto to leave.
Cartoon credit: El Imparcial de México,CagleCartoons.com