After electoral body says it will fight reform, Mexico’s president lashes out

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 9:47am

Earlier this week, Mexico’s top electoral body said it would legally challenge an electoral reform package backed by the country’s president.

After hearing grave warnings about the possibility of conflicts in the 2024 elections provoked by the reforms, the national electoral institute’s governing body voted unanimously to challenge them in court.

And that decision was not well received by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. At one of his daily press conferences this week, he downplayed the significance of the reform, and said it was the electoral institute itself that is a threat to democracy.

Mexico’s Supreme Court could hear the legal challenges, and López Obrador was also asked if he had faith in its justices. He said no, and then clarified that perhaps in one, two or three of them.

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