AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter African regulatory round-up: Building a picture of the legal landscape Regions: Africa East Africa Western Africa Mauritius Ghana 25th November 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Slot Machines Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games In the second part of his deep dive into key regulatory reforms being made in a number of African jurisdictions, Law Allianz founder Yahaya Maikori examines developments in a number of smaller markets.Swaziland Located right in the middle of South Africa, landlocked Swaziland has a population of barely 1.45 million people. The country’s industry is regulated by both the Casino Act of 1963 and the Lotteries Act of 1963.There is just one sports betting licence available, which is renewed annually and covers the entire country for both online and retail betting. However, the betting industry in southern Africa is very retail-heavy, meaning that more investment will be required to expand the sector in Swaziland.In 1998, Piggs Peak, one of the country’s land- based casinos, was granted a licence to offer its products online. This roll-out was targeted at South African players, as Swaziland alone is too small to sustain an online market. Given the status of online casino in South Africa, the authorities there didn’t take kindly to this move. They successfully fought it in court, which ultimately stopped the operator from accepting South African players. Players from other countries still remain welcome, however.In 2005, Swaziland shut down its national lottery, Swazi Lotto. However, in 2013, it awarded a 15-year licence to V Slots Swaziland, a subsidiary of a South African conglomerate, to offer lottery games in the country.There are also two slot licences available, one of which was recently cancelled, effectively giving the remaining operator a monopoly. This licence holder currently operates around 300 machines across its gaming halls, though research has suggested there is scope for this number to be increased significantly.Further changes may be forthcoming. In 2018 the Ministry of Tourism issued a request for proposals for consultancies to conduct a review of Swaziland’s gambling laws, though not much has been heard of the process since.Cameroon In 2015, the Senate president presented a draft bill seeking to restructure the gambling sector, with a view to imposing new controls on the industry.This was in response to increased concerns about underage gambling, the industry’s potentially devastating effects on household income, family stability, mental health and loss of revenue by the government.The public hearing included representations from various committees and bodies. However, the process appears to have ground to a halt, with the bill lost in the day-to-day politics. All the while, the vices and illegal activity the government had sought to tackle continue unabated.In the absence of any tangible action, but in furtherance of its mandate, the Ministry of Territory has resorted to a series of consultations with key stakeholders on how to regulate the industry, with a particular focus on an appropriate model of taxation. Casinos and gaming halls are littered all over Cameroon, and the unchecked activities of illegal operators and lack of enforcement present a host of socioeconomic challenges.Although there are no popular local Cameroonian brands, illegal online websites are easily accessible.Sierra Leone In 1969 a lottery bill was passed into law, which saw the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company (SLSL) licensed and empowered to operate all games of chance on behalf of the state.The company has existed since 1969 and originally operated as a monopoly. In 2006 a second lottery operator, Mercury International, was granted a licence by the president at the time, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. This was renewed in 2018 for another three years.The argument in certain quarters is that the president approved the second operator because of SLSL’s failure to deliver on its mandate. Sierra Leone is only just beginning to recover from its years of civil war and is struggling with a weak economy. This has affected internet connectivity, affordability and penetration, which has in turn hampered the growth of online gaming and particularly sports betting which is reliant on good connectivity.Payments have also been a problem. However, as part of its financial inclusion strategy, the central bank has recently licensed the first mobile money operator in the country, which will most likely nudge the growth of the industry along.For now, lottery and pool are the most popular types of gambling and are played predominantly via retail channels. While attempts have been made to also move lottery to mobile platforms, the success – or otherwise – of this initiative remains to be seen.Ghana Until 2006, the principal legislation that governed gambling activity in Ghana was the 1960 Lotteries and Betting Act. This was replaced by the 2006 Gaming Act, which saw the establishment of the Gaming Commission of Ghana (GCG), the body that oversees most of the gambling activity in the country. Lottery, meanwhile, remains under the control of the National Lottery Authority.In Ghana, sports betting is the most popular form of gambling, while the Ghanaian National Lottery contributes valuable funds for good causes in the country through its weekly draws.The land-based casino world is underserved at the moment, with just four mid-sized casino establishments operating in the whole country, two in the capital Accra, and one each in Tema and Kumasi.The GCG issues online gambling licences even though we know that there is no specific remote gaming regulation, and there is currently an embargo on new licences.Early in the year the GCG announced a rebranding as a way of repositioning its role amid efforts to crack down on illegal gambling and tackle issues such as money laundering. However, it has been widely opined in some quarters that the rebranding should have come after reviewing the Gaming Act to give the GCG wider powers for enforcement – especially with respect to remote gaming.The above observations notwithstanding, Ghana is noted for its stable gambling environment – the country has little of the volatility that has hurt the industry in many other African jurisdictions.As far back as four years ago, the GCG toyed with the idea of implementing a central monitoring system and even went as far as inviting bids, but a change of leadership at the organisation may have stalled the process. The CEO has, however, assured stakeholders that the Act will be reviewed comprehensively in future.Mauritius In early 2018, the Gambling Regulatory Authority of Mauritius advertised for consultants to help review its 2007 Gambling Act.From the terms of reference, it was evident that Mauritius was aiming to position itself as the Malta or Alderney of Africa. The strategy isn’t that far- fetched when you consider that its 1.3 million population does not provide enough of a market on which to build a viable industry.The country is seen as a tax haven with over 44 tax treaties signed with other territories. This could make it a no- brainer for global operators looking to leverage the tax advantages to expand into African markets.Though the consultancy contract was awarded on schedule, it somehow got scuttled during its implementation and the law has remained essentially the same since it was passed in 2007, albeit with minor improvements.Yahaya Maikori is the senior partner of Law Allianz, a leading African gaming and entertainment law firm. He also co- founded Global Gaming Group, a business that has advised regulators, companies, and startups across key markets in Africa’s growing gaming industry. 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CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 presentation results for the half year.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) 2019 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 presentation For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) 2020 presentation Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 | More on: HSBA LLOY The FTSE 100 index has come a long way from the stock market crash. It’s now 27% higher than it was at the lowest point on March 23. While the rally has benefited many stocks, some of the biggest banks, like Lloyds Bank (LSE: LLOY) and HSBC (LSE: HSBA) have been effectively left behind. The Lloyds Bank share price has risen only 7% from the lowest point of the crash, while the HSBC share price is actually 21% down since that day.LLOY appears to be a better buy than HSBA based on this trend. At least the Lloyds Bank share price has started picking up. Investors are losing confidence in the HSBC share price. But that’s just the here and now. Over the longer term, I reckon HSBC is a better bet for its track record, if nothing else. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…HSBC share price vs Lloyds Bank share priceConsider the stock market crash of 2008, which reached its lowest point in early 2009. The HSBC share price had plunged then as well, but by the end of 2009 it had already recovered much of its value. Since then, it has repeated this pattern of rising steadily after a plunge multiple times. By comparison, the Lloyds Bank share price has never come close to the levels last seen during the financial crisis. If I were to make an investment call between the two based only on this trend (which I wouldn’t, but I’m mentioning here for the sake of argument), I’d buy HSBC purely because it’s more likely to bounce back. Lloyds Bank, not so much. Ideally, I wouldn’t want to invest in banks at all at this time, but between the two, HSBC is my choice. Underlying reasons for HSBC’s weaknessI also believe that some underlying reasons for the HSBC share price weakness can be overcome. Here are the reasons. First, the stock market crash impacted it. Second, the Bank of England also asked commercial banks to suspend dividends, which made them unattractive to income investors. Third, its poor financial update released at the end of April shook investor confidence further. Fourth, in early May it said that it’s acquiring a 100% stake in its Chinese life insurance business. The financing sources for the buy are undisclosed, which may also have knocked off investor confidence. And fifth, a few days ago, it resumed its plan to cut 35,000 jobs. The first three reasons can be overcome as the economic situation improves. The next two need to be seen as part of its larger restructuring plan to make the bank more profitable. I think a bigger role in the Chinese insurance market is a strategic move, in a large and growing economy. It had planned to shed jobs as part of its plan even before coronavirus struck, so it’s not a new development. I’m less sure of the Lloyds Bank share price, because the bank is concentrated in the UK and is vulnerable to a no-deal Brexit. It also seems to be driven by momentum, rather than its future prospects. 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The Motley Fool UK has recommended Avast Plc. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and rising global inflation pose significant threats to the economic recovery. But I’d still buy this UK share and this US tech stock in my Stocks and Shares ISA. I believe they could create big shareholder returns over the next 10 years.Electric avenueThe drive towards electric-powered vehicles is going from strength. Just this week, Volvo announced that none of its cars will carry combustion engine technology from 2030. It’s the latest in a string of major carmakers to announce a doubling-down in the electric vehicle (EV) field in recent months. And it provides a brilliant opportunity for UK and US share investors to make money, in my opinion.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I particularly like the look of Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS). This company manufactures electric delivery vehicles and this puts it in great shape to ride two hot growth trends — the rising popularity of greener vehicles and the explosion of e-commerce. The company has an order backlog of 8,000 vehicles. And it plans to ramp up production to 1,800 vans this year to meet ballooning demand.A bump in the roadWorkhorse’s share price collapsed last week. Investors sprinted for the exits after the EV maker unexpectedly lost out on a huge contract with the US Postal Service. The deal could have seen the US share build up to 165,000 trucks over a 10-year period for the courier.The news was, of course, a massive blow to the fledgling vehicle maker. The EV sector is hugely competitive and it’s possible that more contract disappointments could come down the line too. But as I type today, I still think Workhorse could become one of the top players in the niche EV arena. And this could deliver big shareholder returns.City analysts expect sales at the firm to explode over the medium term. But they still expect Workhorse to remain loss-making over the next couple of years at least. Losses of 0.38 and 0.04 US cents per share are forecast for 2021 and 2022 respectively.A top UK share from the FTSE 100Let’s step away from EVs now and look at Avast (LSE: AVST) of the FTSE 100. I think cybersecurity is another fast-growing tech sector that could make UK and US share investors lots of money during the 2020s.I see Avast as a strong UK cybersecurity share to buy today. The £4.8bn market cap has the scale to make the most of its rapidly-expanding market. And a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21 times makes it cheaper than many other London-listed IT services shares, even though it’s not ‘cheap’. Research from Atlas VPN illustrates how rapidly the problem of cyber threats is growing. It looked at data from intelligence firm Risk Based Security and estimated that 37bn data records were leaked in 2020. That’s up a staggering 140% from the previous year. 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Explosive talent: Blitzbok star Rosko Specman, now playing for the Cheetahs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Durutalo has a wonderful skill-set and re-wrote the sevens forward’s remit in recent seasons,” Vickerman says. “His offloading game is outstanding and his work-rate and breakdown skills are there to match it.“A big hitter in defence and someone who was rarely exposed in defence, despite being 20 to 40kgs heavier than most opposite him! A very canny signing and one that excites me.”Playmaking force: Cecil Afrika draws the Canadian defenceCecil Afrika – CheetahsIn so many ways, when you think of South Africa sevens, you think of Cecil Afrika. He has pulled the strings for many years, kicking the points, dragging play around the field, fronting up when a big play needs started.His head coach at Blitzboks, Neil Powell, beams with joy when asked about Afrika. “He is one of our leaders. He is not the captain, but when we are making decisions out on the field, Cecil will make the calls. He will make a great assistant coach in the future.“He will often come into my office, having done a lot of analysis. He will say something like: ‘Maybe lets try this against Fiji.’”He is listed on the bench for the Cheetahs opener against Ulster, and could swap with full-back Sergeal Petersen later in the game.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREDefensive energy: Chris Dry against France in SingaporeChris Dry – Cheetahs“Chris played 95% of our games last season,” Powell says of the flanker, who has led the Blitzboks, but who captains a depleted Free State Cheetahs from the openside this weekend, with the Currie Cup squad missing their Pro14 stars. Not that it matters for Dry, a player who takes on any challenge, with Powell clarifying: “Often he would play every minute of every game for us.”The Blitzboks see Dry as an energy source – someone who brings a “vibe” according to Powell. We may see his all-action game in the Pro14 before the October return to sevens.Hair-raising experience: Rosko Specman scores for the BlitzboksRosko Specman – CheetahsIf Dry brings work-rate, Specman brings fun. At least that’s how Powell sees it, laughing as he declares Specman “such a great guy.” A joker, who’s mouth can motor at the same rate as his feet, Specman has X-Factor. He starts on the wing for the Cheetahs against Ulster tonight, and for those who saw any of the Sevens Series last season, they know he can pull a rabbit out of the hat. It was needed with the loss of a certain sevens superstar.Powell says: “He is very explosive and has hard work and movement, but we asked him to step up without Seabelo Senatla. He massively stepped up in Vegas, in the absence of Seabelo.“Much like Cecil, he is not the biggest, but he has very good contact skills.”Hopefully Specman can bring some much-needed mischief to the Pro14.Pass it on: Sam Cross spreads the play at Twickenham last seasonSam Cross – OspreysThere is no set limit of time being put out there, no declarations of future plans, but the Ospreys brought in Wales sevens leader Sam Cross, to augment their back row for a friendly against Leicester, and he isn’t shuffling on up the road just yet.Ospreys boss Steve Tandy initially said of the Olympic silver medallist: “We’ve been following Sam’s development for some time now, identifying him as someone with potential to do well at the 15-man game.” By the time the region were announcing the loan signing of Guy Mercer from Bath this week, though, Tandy was calling on Cross again, saying: “Sam Cross came in last week and I thought he did really well up in Leicester so all of a sudden we are getting more options in the back-row department.”Known for his lungs and legs, it’s a great time for Cross to get his foot in the door at the Liberty Stadium. A look at the recognisable faces from the Sevens World Series who have been brought into top XVs clubs for the season ahead Summer always sees a flurry of activity as players move clubs, but it feels like this year more stars of the sevens game swapped codes than ever before. It is looks set to continue into the future too – Fiji’s Olympic gold-winning skipper Osea Kolinisau has signed up to play in the inaugural Major League Rugby season in 2018, with the Houston Strikers.There are plenty of big names from the abbreviated game on show now, though not all of them will be hanging around. South Africa have released Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry and Rosko Specman to play for the Cheetahs in the Guinness Pro14 but the trio are expected to return to the Blitzboks in October, just in time to defend their World Series title.As the we get into the swing of European XVs, here is a quick guide to some of those stars, with a hand from those who know sevens inside-out…Hard man to stop: Virimi Vakatawa in bruising action at last season’s Paris sevensVirimi Vakatawa – Racing 92If you love the Six Nations, you know who big Virimi is. Fijian by birth, this naturalised Frenchman became a regular fixture on the wing for Guy Noves’s national side, despite still playing his rugby on the Sevens World Series, rather than in the Top 14.He is now with Racing 92, and having been rested alongside other French Test stars, is back in the mix. They will want to get the ball to him often. As England Sevens leader and Olympic silver medal-winning GB skipper Tom Mitchell says: “Vakatawa has a brilliant combination of speed and power which makes defending him a tough ask. Add in that he is light on his feet and it makes stopping him from making yards virtually impossible.”Flying start: Terry Bouhraoua is sent skyward in WellingtonTerry Bouhraoua – Stade FrancaisHe’s only 30 but it feels like Bouhraoua has been part of the French sevens set-up forever. In 2016, Bouhraoua told Rugby World: “I have also changed a lot as a player since my first tournament (in 2010). When you start you just go straight and hard. I’ve learnt to think better during games.”Looking at the Stade scrum-half, Mitchell says: “Terry is an old-school, wiry, small-statured man of the French game. An elusive runner with top notch pace.” Snipes can set him apart, but he’ll need to get past Charl McLeod in the Paris pecking-order.Sliding in: Nick Malouf scores for Australia in Hong Kong last seasonNick Malouf – Leicester TigersFox Australia commentator Sean Maloney is one of the game’s biggest characters. Upon hearing that Nick Malouf would be pulling on a Tigers jersey this season, he told Rugby World: “Nick was a huge out for the Aussie Sevens when injured for most of the 15-16 season – previous to that he was one of the first players picked. He is a really strong runner and will add a lot defensively, too. He also has a massive motor and is always chasing work.”Malouf began his playing days as a back-rower before moving into the backs. Leicester have selected him to start on the wing against Bath, but Maloney has other ideas: “I reckon he’ll shine in the centres.”Singapore slingshot: Cam Cowell fires through a gap against Wales in SingaporeCameron Cowell – Newcastle FalconsHe is listed as a senior academy player for the Falcons, but there is a nice blueprint for Cam Cowell to rise through the ranks in Newcastle, if he can bottle the lightning that fellow former England sevens star Marcus Watson displayed at Kingston Park.He’s well established in sevens. Just ask former England player and respected commentator Rob Vickerman.“He has been around the England sevens set up for years, initially as a 17-year-old schoolboy,” Vickerman explains. “He was the understudy to Mitchell and Dan Bibby with as much, if not more pace, and a very good eye for a gap, with acceleration to exploit it. His education will come through knowing when to attack and when to use a good, probing kicking game. His downside, much like great sevens players, is what position he will nail down.”Falcons are not sure if he’s a wing or a full-back, but at just 21, time is on Cowell’s side.Offloading game: Andrew Durutalo fires out a pass in Dubai last seasonAndrew Duratalo – Ealing TrailfindersThis one is not in an elite league, he did play for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby in 2016, and he’s 30… but USA Eagles cap Andrew Durutalo is worth keeping an eye on.Born in New York to Fijian parents, the family moved back to the islands when Durutalo was young – his education (in rugby as well as academically) came at Suva Grammar School and then Hakuoh University, in Oyama, Japan. He has 15 caps for the USA Eagles as a back-row and is eying the 2019 World Cup – hence the search for week-in, week-out 15s.
The Justice in Policing Act was introduced MondayFrom the Office of U.S. Representative Val Demings, District 10Rep. Demings is an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, legislation released Monday. Rep. Demings is a former 27-year law enforcement officer and was the first female Chief of Police of the Orlando Police Department.Said Rep. Demings, “To be clear: the overwhelming number of men and women in law enforcement are good, decent people who are a blessing to our nation. I have personally served with many of them. However, we desperately need additional changes to hold bad cops accountable. This legislation combines decades of work by the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee to give America’s police departments the guidance, support, and accountability needed to protect and serve every American equally, regardless of their race.“Some portions of the bill need additional work and l look forward to providing my assistance in those areas, and I’m glad that some of its proposals—for example on the federal reporting of officer misconduct—have already been scheduled to go into effect. Our goal is to attract the best to the profession, and we must ensure legislative efforts do not prevent America’s finest sons and daughters from seeking a career in law enforcement.“However, racism is America’s ghost in the room. We have suffered from it, we have died from it, we have struggled with it. And we have seen that racism is about systems. While we cannot know, nor legislate, a man’s heart, we see in Mr. Floyd’s senseless and heartbreaking death the impacts of a system that—like in healthcare, housing, education, and opportunity—has disproportionately failed Black Americans for centuries.“To protect our communities and the life, liberty, and safety of every American, it is vital that we hold bad cops accountable, end unjust practices, increase transparency, and refocus police on their core mission: to protect and serve every American, regardless of their race. I know the good men and women in law enforcement and our communities across the nation expect us to work together to do just that.” U.S. Rep. Val Demings TAGSJustice in Policing ActPolice ReformRepresentative Val Demings Previous articlePower in the pocket – winning with sports betting appsNext articleFlorida gas prices could soon return to $2 a gallon Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
Andrés Manuel López Obrador elected president of Mexico.Some 53 percent of Mexicans who went to the polls elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, as the next president of this country of 123 million people, the third most populous in the Western Hemisphere.This landslide victory of AMLO against three other candidates of more right-wing and conservative establishment parties — the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN), which together have ruled Mexico over the last 89 years — was the most lopsided electoral victory in Mexican history. His nearest rival got less than half AMLO’s votes.López Obrador’s electoral coalition is also leading in votes for the lower house of the legislature in five out of nine state governments in play. Plus an AMLO ally, Claudia Sheinbaum, became the first woman elected mayor of vast Mexico City, the capital.When AMLO’s three rivals conceded on the night of July 1, Mexicans flooded the Zocalo Square in the capital with mass demonstrations to celebrate the victory and demonstrate their great expectations that a new era had begun. They expressed hope that in this new era the Mexican regime would be more sovereign, less repressive and less under the thumb of Washington, while providing more social programs aiding the poor and being free of the corruption that aids only a handful of oligarchs; government, police and military bribe-takers; criminals; and their imperialist contacts across the border.The election of this more leftist candidate breaks with recent trends in Latin America, which have seen rightist presidents elected in Argentina and Colombia and “judicial coups” depose center-left leaders in Uruguay and Brazil.When evaluating how much of an “earthquake” the election of AMLO is, it’s good to keep in mind a useful quote from one of the founders of Marxist political theory, Friedrich Engels. In “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State,” he wrote: “Universal suffrage is the gauge of the maturity of the working class. It cannot and never will be anything more.”Whatever the intentions and sincerity of elected officials, and even when these elected individuals are revolutionaries, their role in government still leaves the levers of real power — the army, the police, the justice system and today the media, not to leave out the banks — in the hands of the capitalist class that owns and controls it all.In Mexico these levers are held by the oligarchy and directly by U.S. imperialism. The Pentagon virtually commands the Mexican army. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency operate throughout Mexico, entwined with and as corrupt as the local authorities. The U.S.-directed “war on drugs” has resulted in 200,000 people killed since 2006.Only a massive upheaval that breaks apart this state can change social relations. Even carrying out substantial reforms will require mass actions much more powerful than dropping votes into ballot boxes.Who is AMLO?López Obrador has never been part of a socialist or communist movement. He is a politician with nationalist roots, harking back to Lázaro Cárdenas, who was president from 1934 to 1940 and promoted local capitalism — as opposed to collaborating with imperialism — while allowing the workers and poor to win some benefits. AMLO was allied with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, the son of that historic politician, who narrowly lost a presidential election in 1988 that was rigged against him.Expelled from the PRI, López Obrador became the first elected mayor of Mexico City in 1997. As a presidential candidate of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in 2006, AMLO would have won the election then had it not been stolen from him. In 2012 he lost again. When the PRD drifted rightward, he broke with it.AMLO ran this year in an ad-hoc coalition called Together We Will Make History (Juntos) consisting of his own party, the Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA) — a party that depended on his popularity without an entrenched structure — and two smaller parties with contradictory programs: the Workers Party (PT), a party with Maoist roots, and the PES, a right-wing party with an evangelical Christian origin that opposes abortion and LGBTQ rights. The alliance with PES might have won some evangelical votes, but it also brought legitimate criticism from activist women and the LGBTQ movement.Probably the contemporary Latin American politician who AMLO most closely resembles is Lula da Silva of Brazil. Lula’s Workers Party had closer ties to the union movement, however, and Brazil has both a larger economy and larger population than Mexico, and it’s further away from the U.S.In the course of this year’s elections for president and many local offices, some 130 candidates and political activists were assassinated. While those who pay the death squads were unable to stop the masses from voting for AMLO in the national election — and his supporters made sure that most votes were counted — the killings changed many of the local contests. There are many who fear he may still be targeted in the period between now and Dec. 1, when he is scheduled to take office.José Humberto Montes Oca Luna, a leader of the combative Union of Electrical Workers of Mexico (SEM), commenting on the possibility of an AMLO election, told Resumen America Latina in a June 23 article: “The mere fact of having a government that does not kill us and persecute us will be a great step forward and will allow the left to reorganize itself, to fill the political vacuum left by the lack of an alternative that can really represent us as the left.”Mexico is a pluricultural land of many Indigenous nations speaking 89 different languages, with a revolutionary history. The clearest message of the election was to show that, within the range of realistic choices, what most Mexican people want is sovereignty, more social opportunities and benefits for the poor, and less violence and corruption. While the election alone doesn’t bring this, it shows what is possible should the mass of voters become a cohesive force.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Long-time MOVE supporter, Orie Lumumba, organized a welcome-home reception on July 27 for Janine Africa, Janet Africa and Eddie Africa, members of the MOVE communal family. These fighters for environmental justice and for revolution were falsely arrested and convicted in 1978 for killing a white cop in Philadelphia, when their house was attacked and destroyed by the police. The three of them, now out on parole, became known in the progressive movement as members of the MOVE 9, political prisoners sentenced to 40-100 years in prison. Monica Moorehead gifts Workers World publications featuring Mumia’s essays to Janine and Janet Africa.Five MOVE members have been released from prison — Janine, Janet, Debbie, Eddie and Mike Africa — after spending at least 40 years or more behind bars. Two of the MOVE 9 — Merle Africa and Phil Africa, Janine’s partner — died in prison. Delbert Africa and Chuck Africa are still incarcerated. Delbert Africa called into the reception, held at the historic House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, to bring greetings to the gathering of close to 50 activists and other MOVE family members. Delbert, who has a parole hearing in September, told the crowd that the Workers World newspaper he receives on a regular basis is shared and welcomed by many prisoners. Janet, Janine and Eddie Africa told the gathering that they will not rest until all the MOVE 9 are released, along with African-American political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, also a MOVE supporter, imprisoned since 1981 for supposedly killing a white police officer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this