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Mexico’s Proposed Constitutional Reforms Need Careful Scrutiny in the Mexico and the US

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has proposed 20 constitutional and legal reforms in an apparent effort to boost his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum, and his Morena party for Mexico’s June 2 national elections.

The proposals would protect and advance several AMLO favored initiatives by incorporating them in the constitution. Many of the suggested reforms would concentrate more power in Mexico’s executive at the expense of independent authorities working on electoral, economic, judicial, and other important issues. On February 18, tens of thousands in Mexico met in protest citing several of the proposed reforms as threatening for Mexico’s democracy. ...

From a good governance perspective, AMLO’s propositions would eliminate key autonomous regulatory bodies including those covering competition, telecommunications, and energy. These reforms would have direct and indirect impact on the implementation of the North American trade agreement, USMCA, and on US companies doing business in Mexico. ...

How Will Proposed Reforms Shape Mexico's Politics?

“President López Obrador’s 20 proposed reforms appear aimed at boosting his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum, and his Morena party in Mexico’s June 2 election. They would protect and advance AMLO initiatives, concentrating more power in Mexico’s president, reducing checks and balances in its democracy, introducing elections for judges and bolstering the military’s public security role. AMLO’s presidential candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, is 15-20 percent ahead in the polls, but AMLO wants his allies to win the two-thirds legislative majority to approve his recommended constitutional amendments. AMLO’s proposals seem aimed at keeping him in the limelight during the campaign season; they appear designed to knock the opposition off balance with proposals appealing to poorer Mexicans, including new salary and retirement benefits. Several propositions could well weaken Mexico’s electoral, legislative and administrative institutions, give the government more concentrated economic power regarding energy and regulation, and impose costly programs on his successors. From a U.S. perspective, some proposals threaten commitments made in the USMCA trade agreement and could harm U.S. businesses working in Mexico. Mexico is the United States’ largest trading partner and depends heavily on the American market, but AMLO’s proposed reforms would weaken regulatory institutions important for good USMCA implementation. AMLO also proposes to constitutionally ban genetically modified corn, despite major U.S. GMO corn exports to Mexico and a pending U.S. trade complaint. Strategically, the United States seeks a strong democratic Mexico to partner in building a more competitive and prosperous North America, but several of AMLO’s proposed changes send flashing red warnings.”

How Will Proposed Reforms Shape Mexico’s Politics?

President López Obrador’s 20 proposed reforms
appear aimed at boosting his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum, and his Morena
party in Mexico’s June 2 election. They
would protect and advance AMLO initiatives,
concentrating more power in Mexico’s president, reducing checks and balances in its
democracy, introducing elections for judges
and bolstering the military’s public security
role. AMLO’s presidential candidate, Claudia
Sheinbaum, is 15-20 percent ahead in the
polls, but AMLO wants his allies to win the
two-thirds legislative majority to approve his
recommended constitutional amendments.
AMLO’s proposals seem aimed at keeping
him in the limelight during the campaign
season; they appear designed to knock
the opposition off balance with proposals
appealing to poorer Mexicans, including
new salary and retirement benefits. Several
propositions could well weaken Mexico’s
electoral, legislative and administrative
institutions, give the government more concentrated economic power regarding energy
and regulation, and impose costly programs
on his successors. From a U.S. perspective,
some proposals threaten commitments
made in the USMCA trade agreement and
could harm U.S. businesses working in
Mexico. Mexico is the United States’ largest
trading partner and depends heavily on the
American market, but AMLO’s proposed reforms would weaken regulatory institutions
important for good USMCA implementation.
AMLO also proposes to constitutionally ban
genetically modified corn, despite major U.S.
GMO corn exports to Mexico and a pending
U.S. trade complaint. Strategically, the United States seeks a strong democratic Mexico
to partner in building a more competitive and
prosperous North America, but several of
AMLO’s proposed changes send flashing red
warnings.”

Article: Mexico’s Next President: USMCA and North America - Pulse News Mexico

The fourth anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will arrive just after Mexicans elect their new president and Congress and four months before Americans do the same. The USMCA should continue to be an essential framework and tool to enhance prosperity and economic competitiveness. However, the three countries must work hard to develop its potential and reinforce its credibility.

Mexico’s new president and government should prioritize continued progress. The certainty

Article: Why Mexico’s Elections Matter to the US - Pulse News Mexico

By EARL ANTHONY WAYNE, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico

Mexico’s 2024 elections are important for Mexico and for the United States too.

In a year filled with elections around the world, the United States should pay close attention to Mexico’s 2024 electoral contests. Mexico’s incumbent President, Manuel Andrés López Obrador (AMLO) seeks to preserve his legacy by supporting the election of his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum. AMLO wants to assure the continuation of Mexico’s “Fourth Transfo

Article Op-Ed: Mexico's elections are important for the US too

In a year filled with elections around the world, we should pay close attention to Mexico’s 2024 electoral contests. Mexico’s incumbent president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador or AMLO as he is known, seeks to preserve his legacy by supporting the election of his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum.

AMLO wants to assure the continuation of Mexico’s “fourth transformation,” as AMLO calls the reform process that he initiated. A determined opposition seeks to reverse many of AMLO’s actions and polic

Article: Why are Mexico's Elections Important?

Mexico’s 2024 elections are important for Mexico and for the United States too.

In a year filled with elections around the world, we should pay close attention to Mexico’s 2024 electoral contests. Mexico’s incumbent President, Manuel Andrés López Obrador or AMLO as he is known, seeks to preserve his legacy by supporting the election of his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum. AMLO wants to assure the continuation of Mexico’s “fourth transformation,” as AMLO calls the reform process that he init

Article: 2024: An Important Year for Global Elections: Mexico

Mexico’s 2024 elections will be very significant. The incumbent President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, as he is known, seeks to preserve his legacy by supporting the election of his chosen successor, Claudia Sheinbaum, and thus assuring the continuation of Mexico’s “fourth transformation,” as AMLO calls the reforms he initiated. A determined opposition seeks to reverse many of AMLO’s reforms and policies and warns that AMLO seeks to weaken Mexico’s democracy.

Mexico’s elections are also ...