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If you really want to understand contemporary Mexico, skip "Narcos" and watch the series "Un Extrano Enemigo" instead.At heart, the protagonist of "Enemigo" is the unvarnished, omnipotent power radiating from the presidency. "Enemigo" may seem like an odd introduction to the era of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO), the populist Mexican president sworn into office Saturday to succeed PRI President Enrique Pena Nieto. AMLO says he is assuming power to represent Mexico's powerless, the millions left behind by the nation's fitful modernization. AMLO is determined to reconstitute the awesome power of the presidency, not to crack down on the disaffected left as Diaz Ordaz did, but to champion it.Mexico opened up to the outside world a generation ago, the generation between the period depicted in "Un Extrano Enemigo" ("An Unknown Enemy") and the current moment, embracing free trade and an electoral democracy.Voters invested in the steady development of this more globalized Mexico turned down AMLO's retro vision of a more statist, self-contained Mexico in the 2006 and 2012 elections.For the first time in memory, an American president is more obsessed with Mexico than a Mexican president is with the United States.
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