Presidential referendum in Mexico becomes political football


Source: AP News

A referendum allowing Mexicans to vote midterm on whether the president should remain in office has become a strange political football involving all three branches of government.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced gleefully Monday that his supporters had collected 10 million signatures in favor of the referendum — several times more than is legally required — which could put his future at risk.


Mexico president downplays sparse turnout in referendum vote


Source: The Washington Post

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday downplayed the abysmal turnout for a national referendum on pursuing ex-presidents for alleged wrongdoing during their administrations.

Only 7% of Mexico’s eligible voters participated Sunday, but the president preferred to focus on the fact that more than 6 million voted, declaring it a “triumph.” Nine out of 10 voted “yes” on the question.


Mexico Referendum on Former Leaders Has Low Turnout


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Low turnout overshadowed Mexico’s first formal referendum, a controversial vote proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that he said would advance efforts to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing of several past presidents.

Just 7% or 6.6 million of Mexico’s 94 million registered voters cast ballots Sunday, well below the 40% required by law for the results to be binding, according to preliminary results released by Mexico’s electoral agency. Nearly 98% of those who participated voted in favor of investigating former presidents.


Mexico top court backs referendum on prosecuting ex-presidents


Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly backed a bid by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to hold a referendum on whether to allow the prosecution of five of his predecessors, delivering a boost to him ahead of 2021 midterm elections.

Supreme Court President Arturo Zaldivar said six out of 11 judges declared the referendum constitutional. However, some qualified their support, saying the question could be put to the public only in ways that did not lend themselves to political abuse.


Mexico to Hold Another Referendum, This Time on New Train

11/13/2018 – The New York Times

tmayaBy the Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president-elect said Monday he will hold another public referendum later this month on his proposal for a railway to connect the main tourist attractions across the Yucatan peninsula.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during a trip to the Yucatan state capital of Merida that the public can vote on the train and nine other proposed projects and programs Nov. 24 and 25.

A referendum last month cancelled Mexico City’s new $13 billion airport that was already one-third completed.

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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador says wants referendum after three years

07/02/2018 Reuters

amloMexico’s next president, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will put his presidency to a referendum in three years, giving the public a chance to have its say on whether he should continue his presidency half-way through his six-year term.

“It’s a commitment that I’m going to fulfill,” he said in an interview on TV Azteca late on Monday. “Just as they elected me, they’ll have the chance to remove me, but I’m sure I’ll win as there will be results.”

Lopez Obrador, who won a landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election and takes office in December, also said he would not make any attempt to run for a second presidential term, which is currently prohibited by the law, and would require a constitutional change.

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