Sheinbaum proposes reinstating ‘ban on reelection’ for Mexican lawmakers

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Mexico’s next president Claudia Scheinbaum On July 3, he will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment to ban reelection for House of Representatives and Senators, which he plans to submit to Congress along with other reforms he is promoting, 100 days before the transition of power.

Sheinbaum spoke at a press conference about changes to the law made during the previous president’s term in office. Felipe Calderon (2006-12) allowed re-election of lawmakers, but “it was not based on the people’s demand for re-election.”

“The Mexican people do not want me to be re-elected. That was clear before the election and during the campaign,” said the president-elect, who takes office on October 1.

Senator-elect Ernestina GodoySheinbaum, the administration’s incoming legal counsel, said the proposal, along with other reforms pushed by the administration of outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will be sent to the Ministry of the Interior for presentation to Congress.

“We are returning to the slogan of the Mexican Revolution, ‘effective suffrage, no reelection,’ but at a certain point in our history, this slogan was ignored and Dr. Sheinbaum decided to go back and pick up the essence of the 1917 Constitution,” Godoy noted.

Mexico’s constitution prohibits the president from running for re-election.

The future legal adviser summarized the contents of the proposal, which Calderon introduced in 2009, including articles 59, 116 and 122 of the Constitution, which would eliminate re-election for congressmen and senators.

The proposed text of Article 59 states that “Senators and Representatives of the Federal Parliament shall not be re-elected to office for a term following the expiration of their term.”

Godoy also proposed amending Article 4 of the Constitution to introduce pensions for women between the ages of 60 and 64 and scholarships for students, both of which were promises made by Scheinbaum throughout her election campaign.

Scheinbaum noted that the reforms aim to “restore what has been historically,” adding, “There is also electoral reform separate from this, but that will come next.”

Sheinbaum calls for ‘no reelection’ for Mexican lawmakers

On July 3, Mexican President-elect Claudia Scheinbaum announced a constitutional reform initiative to block the re-election of representatives and senators, a move that has been submitted to Congress along with the remains of the reforms that prompted her executive order, a century after the government was reformed.

At a press conference, Sheinbaum asserted that the situation had been changed by the gender decision of former President Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), as lawmakers had said that “the local government’s request to seek reelection will not be supported.”

“The Mexican village does not want a reelection and has been active before and during the elections (…) Unfortunately, we are trying to re-elect those who signed the Constitution and returned it to its original form,” said the president-elect, who takes office close to October 1.

Sen. Ernestina Godoy, the elected chairperson of the Scheinbaum Government Legal Affairs Committee, said the title of the proposal she submitted to Congress has been sent to the Ministry of the Interior ahead of the resumption of reforms to back the government led by current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“We have written into history the fact that the first stage of the Mexican Revolution was ‘invalid’, unelected, and at some point we decided to abandon it, to revoke the doctorate and to restore the essence of the Constitution,” Godoy noted.

Mexico’s constitution prohibits the president from running for re-election.

The proposed future legal reforms shed light on an initiative proposed by President Calderon in 2009 to repeal articles 59, 116 and 122 that would have eliminated the re-election of senators and representatives.

“Councillors and Deputy Speakers shall not be up for re-election immediately after serving their term,” reads Article 59.

Another, Godoy, advocated an Article IV initiative to introduce a pension system for women aged 60-64 and for students, while Sheinbaum changed the pension system based on the size of the company.

Sheinbaum noted that the reforms are “historically correct” and “should be sold separately from electoral reforms.”

“She was in Congress, but she left Congress and had the possibility of beating her competitors on another occasion, which was direct election. The mayor of Mexico was not aware of her or anything else, because it went on for so long that people did not want an election,” the future governor said.


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