The Mexican Senate approved this Thursday a decree by which the electoral legislation is interpreted, with the purpose that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador can comment on the process of revocation of mandate, until now, prohibited by law.
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While the opposition tried to disqualify the proposal, the senators of the Morena government defended that it is an absolutely legal interpretation; however, a majority of 67 votes in favor of the decree and 25 against was achieved.
As approved, “the writings, publications, images, recordings and projections of government officials regarding the revocation of the mandate do not represent any type of government propaganda.”
The Senate also rejected the application of sanctions to public officials who spread expressions about the president’s query, considering that they are not applicable to the law. “Sanctions may not be applied by analogy or by majority of reason”, states the decree that will be turned over to the Executive and will enter into force after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
The recall referendum will be held on April 10 and it is a proposal made by the president who states that “the people put and the people remove their rulers”, and one should not wait for a president to conclude his six years of administration to sanction him if he acts badly and remove him from office.
✅ With 67 votes in favor and 25 against, the opinion that approves the decree that interprets the scope of the concept of government propaganda is generally approved.
– Mexican Senate (@senadomexicano)
March 17, 2022
According to what the president has proposed, if on April 10, he said, “the people vote for him not to continue as head of the federal executive,” he will leave office and go to live on his ranch in Palenque, Chiapas, where usually rest, and will withdraw from public life.