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Mexico’s government attacks the country’s election watchdog

Tonhis popularity President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is very clingy. His approval rating rarely falls below 60%. While voters express dissatisfaction with the economy and security conditions, they tend not to blame those in charge. His attack on Mexico’s electoral establishment could change that.

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this nuclear power, as the electoral body as it is now known, was created in 1990 after six decades of PRI rule. This is crucial to free and fair elections in Mexico, which only became a true democracy in 2000. inside line Organizing ballots, counting votes, keeping tabs on politicians to ensure they follow election laws and issues ID voter card.But Mr. López Obrador has long nuclear powerHe lost the 2006 presidential election to Felipe Calderón by a narrow margin of 0.6 percentage points and claimed, without evidence, that the agency rigged the vote.

Now, a package of laws approved by the Senate on Feb. 22 weakens the inside line. It got rid of local offices and cut its budget, including laying off 85% of its 2,500 employees.It also limits the power of the government nuclear power Oversee electoral law. Candidates could face lesser sanctions for violating funding rules.

In response, on February 26, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Mexico City and at least 85 towns and cities across the country.Many wear bright pink, which is nuclear power, and held a sign reading “Don’t touch my vote.” One of the president’s allies denounced the protesters as right-wingers who wanted “a return to the corrupt past”. Mr López Obrador said some had links to drug gangs and questioned the scale of the protests.

Opposition to reform may be much broader than the president and his allies imagine. No other issue has brought so many people to the streets.a poll nuclear power itself found that most Mexicans support reform. But the survey also showed that nuclear power It is the second most trusted institution in Mexico, after the Armed Forces.About 80% of people ask reforma liberal newspaper, said in November that they believe nuclear power Important to Mexico’s democracy.More than half satisfied nuclear power in its current form.

The Supreme Court could strike down parts of the reform package as unconstitutional. Even so, Mr López Obrador’s rhetoric was damaging. Next year Mexicans will go to the polls. Mr López Obrador has been barred from running again, although his party is expected to win. Whoever wins will oversee a country whose democratic foundations are more fragile.

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