Getting Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to stay quiet for long can be a tricky task. Earlier this year, in response to one question at a trilateral confab press conference, he prattled on for half an hour, infuriating fellow leaders Biden and Trudeau.
His long-winded, folksy, anecdotal style of delivery, coupled with stinging rebukes of his critics, often with scant substance, can make for discomforting listening.
But for now, at least on one of his favorite hot topics, he has been legally muzzled.
Last week, a federal judge ruled that, for an indefinite period, AMLO cannot talk during his regular morning press conferences about Xóchitl Gálvez, the PAN senator and presidential front runner for the opposition Frente Amplio por México (FAM).
Lopez Obrador was fiercely criticized for attempting to tarnish Gálvez’s reputation by highlighting financial intelligence from one of several IT companies that she founded and heads up.