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AMLO Seeks to Replace Mexico’s Electoral Regulator, Justices by Direct Vote

  • Regulators and judges currently approved by Mexican congress
  • President blames the body for political bias before referendum
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is calling for the replacement of Mexico’s electoral regulators and justices by direct vote, ramping up a long-standing feud with independent bodies that he sees as limiting his power.

Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he will send congress a bill proposing such changes after April 10, seeking a drastic remake of entities that have traditionally served as a counterweight to the president. It is the latest example of his far-reaching efforts to consolidate his party’s dominance, after months of dispute over whether the bodies have been partisan.