Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador has said he will put a mask on his face only after the country “eradicates corruption,” at a time when the corona plague is raging in the country. The death toll from the virus in Mexico is already the third highest in the world, after the Central American country overtook Britain over the weekend.
Like other populist leaders in the world, including Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Mexico’s far-left president has questioned the masks since the outbreak. He never encouraged them to take off, and did so only when he had to during a commercial flight.
“Do you know when I will put on a mask? When there is no corruption. Then I will stop talking,” he told reporters on Friday when asked about opposition threats to go to court to force him to wear a mask. AML, as he is called by his name, in fact hinted in his words that he would never voluntarily put on a mask, in light of the deep corruption in politics and Mexican society. This was even though he declared in November, nine months ago, that he had defeated “corruption and oppression” in the country.