Mexican Congress backs Military taking management of Nationwide Guard By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Law enforcement officials stand guard outdoors at Mexico’s Senate constructing as senators attend a session at Mexico’s senate to discusses an initiative by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to provide the Military management over the civilian-led Nationwide Guard,

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Senate early on Friday authorised laws giving the Military management over the civilian-led Nationwide Guard regardless of fierce opposition from critics who argue the step is unconstitutional and can militarize public safety.

The Nationwide Guard started working in early 2019 on the behest of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who campaigned for workplace on a pledge to return the navy to barracks after the years it had spent combating violent drug gangs.

He argued the Nationwide Guard would finish corruption below its predecessor, the Federal Police, and he has additionally prolonged the Military’s remit into different areas of civilian life.

Nonetheless, his authorities has presided over document ranges of violence, and opposition legislators and activists say the Nationwide Guard has additionally dedicated alleged abuses.

Senators voted by a margin of 71 in favor of the invoice, with 51 in opposition to. There have been two abstentions. The decrease home of Congress authorised the adjustments final week.

The laws, which now passes to Lopez Obrador to be signed into legislation, provides the Military operational, monetary and administrative management of the Nationwide Guard, which presently solutions to the civilian-led safety ministry.

The adjustments are virtually sure to be challenged on the grounds they violate the structure, and a few senior authorized specialists say they’re more likely to be struck down within the Supreme Court docket.

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