Mexicans protest president’s electoral reform plan By Reuters

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© Reuters. Demonstrators march towards the electoral reform proposed by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and in assist of the Nationwide Electoral Institute (INE) in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico, November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Luis Cortes

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hundreds took to the streets in Mexico on Sunday to protest President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan to overtake the nation’s electoral fee INE in what they worry would focus energy within the palms of the federal government.

Lopez Obrador, who put the plan ahead in April, has lengthy criticized the nation’s electoral authorities, together with accusing them of serving to to engineer his defeats when he ran for the presidency in 2006 and 2012.

He has stated that the reform would let residents elect electoral authorities and scale back the affect of financial pursuits in politics. It will additionally lower financing for political events and restrict promoting time.

Final week, Congress began discussing the plan.

It sparked widespread issues that the adjustments may presage an influence seize as a result of it offers the president extra management over the electoral techniques.

Up to now, Lopez Obrador pursued contentious insurance policies by pitching referendums – together with on the cancellation of a part-built airport – to say standard mandates for his targets.

Protesters in Mexico Metropolis, many holding placards and banners with slogans “defending the INE”, began on the Angel of Independence monument. It gathered momentum as protesters moved on Reforma Avenue in the direction of the Monument to the Revolution.

“The democracy in Mexico is in peril,” stated Ana Lilia Moreno, an economist who attended the march within the capital together with her eight-year-old daughter.

“I hope that many younger individuals – and even those that are usually not taken with politics – will attend, that they’ll worth our establishments, and can defend what our mother and father and grandparents constructed to mature politically.”

Protesters shared photographs from different cities on social media.

Lopez Obrador posted a video message on his Twitter as he celebrated his 69th birthday – however didn’t handle the protests.

His ruling Morena social gathering and its allies would wish a two-thirds majority in Congress to make adjustments to the structure. At the moment, the social gathering is in need of that majority.

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