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President-elect of Mexico: no decision on constitutional reforms

Mexico’s president-elect, Claudia Sheinbaum, said late on Thursday that no decision had been made on a package of constitutional reforms put forward by outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, local media reported.

The specter that Sheinbaum’s left-wing Morena party and its allies were close to securing the two-thirds supermajority needed in both chambers of Congress to pass the controversial measures without opposition roiled Mexican markets this week.

When asked about the reforms, Sheinbaum said “there have been no decisions. My position is that dialogue needs to happen, the proposal needs to be evaluated.”

Critics have warned that some of the reforms would eliminate crucial oversight bodies, erode judicial independence and concentrate more power in the executive.

Morena and its smaller partners, the Green Party and Labor Party, are likely to have 83 seats in the Senate, out of a total of 128, when the next Congress takes office in September, the interior minister said on Wednesday, citing preliminary results.

While this is barely close to the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution, Morena could make deals with other parties to get the votes it needs.

In the 500-member lower house of Congress, the left-wing ruling coalition is likely to have 372 seats, a supermajority.

Source: CNN Brasil

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