Supreme Court of Mexico suspends López Obrador’s electoral reform

Edited by Beatriz Montes de Oca
2023-03-25 23:49:59


Supreme Court of Mexico suspends Lopez Obrador's electoral reform


Havana, March 25 (RHC) Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) halted the application of the electoral reform promoted by the Government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The SCJN suspended the entry into force of plan B indefinitely by admitting for processing the constitutional controversy lawsuit filed by the National Electoral Institute (INE).

The country's highest court reported that this controversy needs to be analyzed by Minister Javier Laynez Potisek. The judge admitted the claim and granted the suspension "requested by the INE regarding all the contested articles of the decree so that things remain in the state in which they are today and the provisions in force before the respective reform apply."

Once the appeal has been admitted for processing, Minister Laynez must receive the arguments of the Executive and Legislative powers on this reform, prepare a draft sentence and propose it to the plenary session of the SCJN, which does not have a date to materialize.

This ruling occurs when the opposition to President López Obrador has filed judicial appeals to stop the Mexican government's electoral reform, known as plan B, after a previous one did not reach a majority in Congress to become law.

The so-called Plan B of the electoral reform approved in the Senate reduces the budget and staff of the National Electoral Institute (INE), the institution that organizes the elections in Mexico.

Before the entry into force of the reform, the opposition and the INE challenged the changes and filed in courts of protection to prevent the promoted changes from proceeding, which will now be suspended.

The Mexican president defends that the measures will save millions of dollars (he described the salaries of high-ranking INE officials as "stratospheric") and assures that they will make voting more efficient.

In addition, he accuses the body of not being impartial and of having allowed electoral fraud in the past, for which reason he had promised to modify it since he became president of the country. (Source: Prensa Latina)


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