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The Mexican Senate gives the ‘green light’ to a constitutional reform to reinforce the presence of the Armed Forces in the streets

File – A Mexican soldier – Romina Solis/NOTIMEX/dpa – File

The Senate of Mexico has given this Wednesday the ‘green light’ to the constitutional reform that confirms the presence in the streets of the Armed Forces in public security tasks until 2028 and promotes militarization in the country.

The measure, approved with 87 votes in favor, including nine from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and two from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), will be carried out with an extension of the transitory fifth article of the Mexican Constitution that will allow the Armed Forces carry out security tasks in the Mexican streets.

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The initiative, which has been rejected by the National Action Party (PAN), the Citizen Movement, and the plural group, includes financial resources for state and municipal police from 2023, as well as a bicameral commission to monitor activities of the Armed Forces.

“I take this opportunity to thank the senators because the deadline has been extended for the Army and the Secretary of the Navy to support the consolidation of the National Guard and that they can help with public security tasks,” said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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In this sense, he explained that the objective is “to protect citizens”. “It is not yet in the Constitution because he returns to the Chamber of Deputies, although where there was more resistance and fewer votes was in the Senate,” he stressed, according to the newspaper ‘La Razon’.

Lopez Obrador, proposed in August that soldiers and infantrymen of the Mexican Navy remain in the streets beyond 2024 to support the Mexican Police in public security tasks, after in 2019 he carried out a reform that had a maximum term of 5 years.

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Source: Europa Press


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