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Mexico’s AMLO Praises Senate for Extending Army Presence in Streets

  • Bill to keep military in public security duties until 2028
  • Passed Senate Tuesday, heads back to lower house for tweaks
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador applauded the country’s Senate Wednesday for passing a bill to extend the military’s presence in the streets until 2028, even as the army faces scrutiny for its role in a horrific 2014 massacre and after a leak of millions of documents in a wide-ranging hack.

The bill would allow Mexico’s armed forces to play a central role in public safety for six more years, while Lopez Obrador’s national guard builds out its capabilities. Lopez Obrador has drastically deepened the army’s presence in public life since taking office in late 2018, having put the country’s ports and customs under military authority and used it to build big public works projects.