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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Outlines Ambitious Program

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presented on Wednesday a sweeping legislative agenda that envisions undoing the incumbent’s controversial education overhaul and sharply limiting officeholders’ immunity from prosecution, among other measures.

Lopez Obrador, who won the July 1 election in a landslide, announced a dozen “possible reforms to the legal framework” after meeting with legislators-elect from his leftist coalition, which will enjoy majorities in both houses of the new Congress.

Some of the bills he plans to submit to Congress when he takes office Dec. 1 are in line with the former capital mayor’s campaign promises to make government more responsive to the people, such as creating a mechanism for binding referendums and giving voters the option to recall the president.

Others, such as limiting officials’ salaries, eliminating pensions for ex-heads of state, and selling the presidential airplane, are intended “to adjust the administrative structure of government to the plan of republican austerity,” Lopez Obrador said.

One of the proposals would make it possible to prosecute a sitting president for certain offenses, including corruption and violations of election law.

In the policy realm, Lopez Obrador said he will ask lawmakers to repeal the “misnamed” education reform implemented by current President Enrique Peña Nieto, and to establish a right to free public education, putting an end to school fees.

The president-elect said he will also seek to abrogate a recent executive order seen by some as opening the door to water privatization.

Another provision of the plan calls for weighing the possibility of doubling the minimum wage, at least in the areas along Mexico’s northern border with the United States.

 

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