An election win is a very nice thing, of course. But you have to use it, and use it fast. A newly elected leader who thinks time is on their side is headed for disaster. Take Mexico, for example. The New York Times wrote last week: "After his landslide victory last year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico promised a staggering transformation of his country — on par with independence from Spain and the Mexican revolution. "But five months into his term, the new Mexico he says he is building looks an awful lot like the old one he swore to leave behind." The newspaper continued: "Corruption was a hallmark issue for … Obrador during the campaign, a national scourge he vowed to end. Yet his government has announced no major prosecutions of public officials or other prominent figures on corruption charges since he took office." Obrador is turning out to be a man of many words but little action. Take another example: the person Nigerians returned to the presidency of their cou...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now