Mexico’s Congress began implementing a set of constitutional measures to allow the president to recall a vote, making it more difficult for the opposition to remove him from office or call for a re-election, Reuters reported on November 6th.
President Manuel Lopez Obrador, hailed by many as the hero who will bring change to the country and take action to provide jobs for disadvantaged Mexicans, has once again resorted to Congress in order to cement his position and make it difficult for the growing opposition to challenge him.
According to Mexico’s constitution, the presidential term is six years and Obrador said he will not make any changes to his term of rule.
The opposition said the decision to implement a recall vote was taken so that he could give himself an electoral head start, midway through his term. The Senate however, agreed last month that any recall vote had to be held after the legislative elections in 2021.
In order to pass the law, the lower house of Congress voted by 372-75 to endorse the constitutional changes, which also establish the rules for conducting referendums on issues of public interest.
Obrador is currently under pressure to rethink his non-confrontational security strategy amid lingering questions over the failed arrest of a son of Joaquin “el Chapo” Guzmán and the growing number of gang crimes in the country, following the killing of eight people, including three children, crimes which Mexican police have promised to investigate.