Mexico’s president pushes more limited ‘Plan B’ for electoral reform

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 3:31pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 9:47am

Facing opposition in Congress, Mexico’s president is moving forward with a more limited electoral reform.

The original constitutional reform proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would have to clear a high vote threshold to be approved and would cut the number of national legislators and put leaders of the country’s electoral institute to a popular vote.

Opposition to it was the rallying cry of one of the largest nationwide protests seen so far during López Obrador’s administration.

But now AMLO, as the president is widely known, says it’s now a political reality that what he calls the conservative block will successfully impede passage of the more ambitious constitutional reform.

This weekend he said he’ll send a more limited reform measure to the Chamber of Deputies that will require only a simple majority for passage, something he thinks can be achieved by the end of the regular session in December.

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