The “colonization” of the Court
One way or another, Arturo Zaldívar's successor in the Supreme Court of Justice is going to be AMLO's “mandadera.” The president knows that the shortlist of Morenista women that he sent to the Senate to fill the vacancy does not work with the opposition.
It is also clear that if none of the three achieves the qualified majority required for the election (two-thirds of the votes that the ruling party does not have), it can send a second shortlist.
The Senate has a non-extendable period of 30 days to elect the minister (o.) Otherwise, the person who, within said shortlist, is designated by the President of the Republic will occupy the position (Article 96 of the Constitution.)
In this way, if Bertha María Alcalde, sister of the secretary of the interior, is not left in office; Lenia Batres, sister of the interim head of government, or the very close legal advisor to the presidency, María Estela Ríos González, the person from the second shortlist decided by the president will go to the SCJN.
The risk of an Obrador colonization of the Supreme Court of Justice is very real.
The arrival of the judge that AMLO decides, combined with the departure – in 2024 – of Minister Luis María Aguilar, the plenary session of the highest court will no longer have that majority of eight ministers that is required to invalidate the unconstitutional YSQ laws.
The maneuver is seen in the SCJN as a “gross interference” by the Executive. Sources from the Judicial Branch not only question the closeness of the three with AMLO, but they say: “they are not prepared.”
Xóchitl Gálvez herself, virtual presidential candidate of the Frente Amplio por México, acknowledged that, in the case of the SCJN, “we are defenseless.”
“Here the only pressure has to be from the citizens. Make the president see that there is a division of powers and that he should respect the Senate's decision,” she said in an interview.
“The president – he added – is angry with Minister González Alcántara and with a minister from Nuevo León (Margarita Ríos Fajat) because they have not decided as he wants,” he pointed out.***
Minister Luis María Aguilar, normally discreet, spoke about the issue in an interview broadcast by JusticiaTV. He said about it:
“The independence of judges is the essence of the judge. A judge who is not independent is someone's messenger, but he is not really a judge.
“Justice requires independent judges who rule in accordance with principles and rights recognized by our Constitution, which should be our only guide.
“When they tell me that I serve one interest or another, I tell them no: I only have someone who tells me what to do and that is the Constitution.
The Morenista Ana Lilia Rivera, president of the Senate board of directors, sees it as “very difficult” for a qualified majority to be built around any of the three proposed women.
It is rare to hear self-criticism in the voice of a Morenista. Yesterday the miracle happened. The aforementioned Senator Rivera recognized that Mexicans do not trust the work carried out by the Upper House.
“They feel that they only come when they need their votes and that once they arrive at the representation spaces we do not return to them,” he admitted during the inauguration of the 2nd International Congress on Legislative Impact Assessment.
And soon, isn't it? It is a question.
Rivera's words are supported by a survey conducted by the Belisario Domínguez Institute of the Senate. This measurement reveals that 54 percent of the population does not trust senators.
In the “family photo” of the 21 leaders who participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum - held in San Francisco, California - AMLO appeared in the image one meter from his arch-detested Dina Boluarte, president of Peru. She had no choice.
An uncomfortable moment for the Mexican president who, on the morning of November 9, declared that he did not want to appear in the photo with the “spurious” president who replaced his imprisoned friend, former president Pedro Castillo.
On September 21, he went further. “I am not going to attend the [cumbre] from San Francisco because we do not have relations with Peru,” he assured then.
But he did attend APEC and also appeared in the photo he didn't want.
The charge The “colonization” of the Court appeared first in El Arsenal.
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