MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president unveiled a plan on Sunday to lift the economy out of the coronavirus crisis, vowing to help the poor and create jobs, but his promise of fiscal discipline sparked criticism that the measures fell far short of what was needed.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Mexico would create 2 million new jobs in the next nine months and boost small business and housing loans. He also vowed to tighten public sector austerity to avoid debt.
Governments worldwide have unleashed unprecedented spending pledges to minimize damage to their economies from the coronavirus, including a $2-trillion package by Mexico’s top trading partner, the United States.
But Mexico’s leftist leader, targeting measures for the “most vulnerable,” said he would use a