MEXICO CITY – A proposal to permit for the prosecution of Mexican presidents for a variety of crimes overwhelmingly handed the decrease home of Congress on Tuesday, giving the proposal backed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador a shot of momentum.
Below present legislation, presidents can solely be prosecuted for treason.
If ratified by the Mexican Senate after which handed by a majority of state legislatures, the proposal would reform the nation’s structure to permit presidents to be charged for crimes together with corruption and arranged crime.
Lawmakers within the decrease home accredited the proposal on a vote of 420 to 29, and it now strikes to the Senate.
Lopez Obrador, who took workplace late final yr, has made rooting out corruption a signature challenge. His MORENA occasion and its allies management Congress.
Constitutional amendments in Mexico require two-thirds help in each chambers of Congress, in addition to ratification in a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures.