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first_imgMexico’s president sells himself as lifelong champion of the rights of women, who he calls “more honest” than men. To stress the point, he made history upon taking office in December 2018 by putting women in half his cabinet posts.But Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s prickly reaction to criticism of the government over brutal murders of women in recent weeks has riled feminists and undermined support for him among female voters, helping to fuel protests and calls for a massive walkout next week.Support for an unprecedented women’s “strike” on Monday has swelled, even as Lopez Obrador has tried to paint the event as a cynical attempt by political opponents to discredit him and capitalize on problems he says they created. Topics : Such comments strike many as tone-deaf and lacking empathy, exposing a weak spot for a government already battling to tackle gang violence, impunity and a stagnant economy.”As a woman and a citizen, I feel outraged,” said Claudia Calvin, a consultant on gender and technology. “It’s despicable that the head of this country has been unable to understand the importance of women and the impact of violence.”Allies of the president reject such criticism.Irma Sandoval, head of the Public Administration Ministry, which monitors federal employees, described Lopez Obrador as “the most feminist president in modern history.”center_img Polls suggest women are increasingly skeptical.Lopez Obrador remains popular. But support for him has never been lower ahead of the strike, in which women will withdraw from work, school and public spaces.A survey by pollster Consulta Mitofsky showed his approval rating among women fell some 3 percentage points from January to February to 52.7%. Among men, it dipped 0.6 points to 59.2%.UncomfortableThe president’s tendency to dismiss criticism and the women’s protests has caused unease inside the government.Saying he would put “the poor first”, Lopez Obrador took power pledging to tackle chronic inequality and violence.The row over women has been uncomfortable for him, because Mexico still has more basic problems to address than in advanced economies, where debates over gender equality are more prominent, said an official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Lopez Obrador described himself as a “humanist” on Friday when asked at a daily news conference if he was a feminist, and pointed to deeper-rooted problems in Mexico.”Because of corruption, we’ve given rise to monstrous economic and social inequality,” the 66-year-old said.Interior Minister Olga Sanchez has tempered assertions that the popular ferment, including a massive march planned on International Women’s Day this Sunday, has ulterior motives.”As far as it being a movement by women, for women, with women and against violence, it is,” she said last week.An intervention by Mexico’s first lady on the issue also caused embarrassment to the government. First, she came out in support of the strike – then quickly changed her mind.”What would they do without us?” Beatriz Gutierrez wrote on Instagram on Feb. 20 next to an image promoting the strike.Later that day, she backed a counter-demonstration in support of her husband that urged women to be visible on the streets. Lopez Obrador said he did not know why she had reversed course.Mexico holds mid-term legislative elections next year, and if the president cannot stem the slide in support among women, it could cost him control of Congress.Murders of women for reasons of gender known as femicides surged to 976 cases last year, more than double the total five years earlier. At a time of increased scrutiny, critics feel Lopez Obrador has often downplayed their concerns.They bristled at his announcement that tickets for a raffle to recoup money spent by his predecessor on a presidential jet would go on sale on Monday. He later reversed that decision, saying he did not realize it was the day of the women’s strike.Others say Lopez Obrador is waking up to the discontent.On Thursday, six of his female ministers held a news conference to express support for women and their rights.”It’s still not quite on his radar,” said Vivir Quintana, a musician who wrote a song against femicides. “But I think he can help us a lot, that he’s a sensitive person.” last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Share The tables have turned yet again for all Italian betting stakeholders, as the coalition of Lega and Five Star Movement, have been sworn in as Italy’s new government.On Friday new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte convinced Italy’s constitutional President Sergio Mattarella, to accept a Lega-5 Star government, having restructured the populist coalition’s executive cabinet and finance ministry.Conte will now lead as PM of western Europe’s first populist government, made up of anti-establishment Five Star and the right-wing Lega Nord members.The formation of a Lega-5 Star government, was the least preferred outcome for Italian betting stakeholders, as both parties have publicly taken an anti-gambling stance.Presenting their joint coalition mandate, Luigi di Maio leader of Five Star and Matteo Salvini head of Lega Nord, had agreed to push through severe restrictions on the Italian gambling sector, seeking to create a ‘stronger social contract against the ills of gambling’.Within the joint mandate, Lega-5 Star have presented a breakdown of potential betting/gambling restrictions, which the populist government seeks to deliver;“Total advertising and sponsorship ban, financial transparency for gambling companies, exit strategy from “machines gambling” (such as Slot machines, video lottery) through tools such as the authorization to install slot machines – VLT only in dedicated outlets (no bars, distributors, etc.), limitations in gambling times and increase of the minimum distance from sensitive places (schools and youth aggregation areas)” reads the Lega-5 Star document on gambling.Both di Maio and Salvini have talked tough on further restricting Italy’s betting sector. However, as Italian commentators point out Lega-5 Star are novices at political governance, which may impede the coalition from executing any effective mandate.Furthermore, though both populist, Lega and 5 Star differ on a number of policy goals and ideologies, with regards to tax, immigration, government expenditure and Italy’s EU relations.Though a coalition government has been accepted, the question remains on whether Lega-5 Star can govern effectively or else Italy will head back to voting stations in 2019.The populist coalition’s first policy test will come this Autumn when the new government announces its first budget, which all sector stakeholders will be eagerly anticipating.Facing the reality of governance combined with Italy’s debt bond repayments, can Lega-5 Star afford to handicap a tax-efficient betting industry?  Put simply… reality now bites for di Maio and Salvini’s populist agenda. Share AgiproNews Italian View – Who can save la ippica? May 13, 2020 New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents July 6, 2020 ADM reveals horror show March for Italian betting May 4, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_imgAsante Kotoko head coach, Charles Akonnor’s satisfaction was quite palpable at his team’s progression to the last four of the NC Special Competition on Thursday following their 1-1 draw with Aduana Stars in Dormaa.The Porcupine Warriors needed to avoid defeat to have a chance of booking their place in the semi-finals of the competition and they were successful despite Aduana Stars’ efforts to find the winning goal after Abdulrahman Fatawu had cancelled Emmanuel Gyamfi’s goal to put Kotoko in the lead.After the match, Akonnor spoke on his happiness at making the semi-finals but also highlighted the negatives with his team’s performance on the day.“What was important for us was to qualify and if you look at the league standings, I am sort of satisfied. We need to improve on our play. In the first half, we were not too good.We were not aggressive and not too compact. We allowed the opponent to have the ball and at a point, they had it for a long time and I was not happy with that at all.In the second half, we got better and we possessed the ball. We had to win or draw and we got the draw and so, I am happy.But football is strange because even when were not playing well and not looking good, we scored and so it is good. At the moment, we may not be playing well and it may not be attractive but we are getting the needed results.”Apart from making to the semi-finals, Kotoko recorded another feat by scoring at Aduana Stars for the very first time in their history of clashes between the two teams since their first meeting in Dormaa in the 2009/ 2019 Ghana Premier League season.last_img read more