The air crackles with anticipation like a bowl of churros in a mezcal bar. It's the daily Morning Conference, where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, affectionately nicknamed AMLO, holds court and dishes out news like tamales at a fiesta. Today's menu? A smorgasbord of kidnapped señoritas, pension paychecks the size of burritos, and a side of Guatemala's new president with a dollop of “capital flight” skepticism for dessert.
Fueling the Fire: AMLO kicks things off with a chest thump about his diesel-less reign. Apparently, explosions are as passé as sombreros in a Silicon Valley conference. He then showers self-service gas stations with besos for keeping the basic basket price (whatever that is) as flat as a tortilla. One wonders if he's planning to hand out “Best Price-Gouging Preventer” awards at the next Palacio Nacional party.