Reform proposals in Mexico worry green advocates


Claudia Sheinbaum, the current favorite to win Mexico’s presidential election on June 2, has said she supports the proposed constitutional reforms. (Photo by Israel Gutiérrez/Shutterstock)

Mexico’s Congress is considering a package of constitutional reforms proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that, if enacted, would hamper environmental protection and slow the country’s clean-energy transition, experts say. The president’s ruling Morena party does not have the two-thirds supermajority in Congress needed to change the constitution, and it is unlikely all of the individual bills will pass without significant changes by the time legislators adjourn at the end of April. But the proposals, which would also strengthen popular social programs, form part of Morena’s platform for the Mexican general election scheduled for June 2. Mexicans will choose a new president in that election, and the current frontrunner, Morena standard-bearer Claudia Sheinbaum, has endorsed the reforms and urged voters to give her party a supermajority in Congress. It is not certain how strongly she might press for all of the measures, however, if she wins... [Log in to read more]

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