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Mexico President’s Electricity Bill Fails to Pass Lower House

  • Bill misses two-thirds majority needed to change constitution
  • AMLO’s bill sought to restore state control of power market
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg
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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador failed in his effort to restore state control of Mexico’s electricity sector, handing the nationalist leader an unusual political defeat in his fight against private energy producers.

Lawmakers in the lower house of congress voted 275 in favor and 223 against the bill in a session held late on Easter Sunday, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution. Its failure gives some solace to a private renewable sector that has come under attack with rule changes to hinder investments since Lopez Obrador took office in late 2018.