Latin American Weekly Report

17/06/2021 - López Obrador bounces back with reform drive

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sought to regain the initiative this week after the setback suffered in the mid-term federal congressional elections on 6 June. Although he did not see it as such, pointing to the fact that his left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) and its allies will enjoy a simple majority in the lower chamber of congress from 1 September, when new deputies take their seats, his government’s objective was always a two-thirds majority to enable the passage of constitutional reforms unchecked by the political opposition. And it is constitutional reforms López Obrador is now intent on advancing. His first priority is to amend the constitution with regard to the electricity sector to circumvent the legal challenges to his government’s electricity reform. Next up would be an overhaul of the national electoral institute (INE) and, finally, placing the national guard under military control. All three reforms would be controversial and resisted by the opposition.

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