Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Crunch time in Mexico City

Daniel Wilson, writing in the blog Under the Volcano: Notes on Mexican Politics, highlights the tasks remaining for the Mexican legislature.

Congress moves into final weeks of legislative session
With just six sessions remaining until the April 30th recess, Congress is expected to vote on a number of pending reforms and other legislation.

Competition law reform and a new national security law are measures likely to come to a vote.

The government is pressing for movement on political reform, but its fate seems uncertain without a consensus in the legislative commissions. 

In an op-ed, PAN party president César Nava said that the political reform should have at least five key elements: cut public financing for parties in half; reduce the size of Congress; give the federal electoral institute and federal electoral tribunal responsibility for organizing and adjudicating state and local races; allow independent candidates; and permit immediate re-election of congressmen and mayors.

Original reports in El Universal, April 18; El Universal, April 19; and Excelsior.

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