The Government of Mexico headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced this Tuesday during La Mañanera that they will carry out a “participatory exercise” andl January 22, 2023 to ask citizens if they want to keep the Armed Forces on the streets to carry out public security tasks.
“A great day will be held in which the people of Mexico will be asked if you agree that the Army and Navy continue until March 2028 participating in public security tasks,” said Adán Augusto López, Secretary of the Interior, in the usual morning press.
The Head of the Mexican Executive, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, indicated that he will carry out this exercise after failing in the Senate last week, a Constitutional reform that would extend until 2028 the powers of the Armed Forces to carry out public security tasks.
Although he had initially promised a consultation, the President now called it a “participatory exercise” because the Constitution prohibits consulting the population on issues of national security and the Armed Forces.
Also, the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) will organize the vote instead of the National Electoral Institute (INE), autonomous body in charge of consultations.
“It will not be binding, but what matters to us is that progress is made in the participatory democracy“said the President.
For his part, the Secretary of the Interior assured that they will install at least one “popular opinion reception point” in the country’s 68,989 electoral sections with the support of citizen volunteers, who will also participate in counting the votes and will present them on December 24. January.
According to the information shared today, Segob will ask three questions, the first being: “Do you agree with the creation of the National Guard and its performance so far?”
The second will be: “Do you think that the Armed Forces, the Army and the Navy should continue doing public security work until 2028 or that they return to their barracks in March 2024?”
And finally: “What is your opinion that the National Guard becomes part of the Ministry of National Defense or depends on the Ministry of the Interior or the Ministry of Public Security?”
The voting exercise will be carried out after the controversy continues to grow in Mexico over the militarization policies of President López Obrador, who this September enacted a legal reform that transfers control of the National Guard (GN) to the Army.a body he promised to keep civilian when he created it in 2019.
It is worth mentioning that a group of independent experts from the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) warned on Tuesday that these reforms “have been promoted to the detriment of Mexico’s international obligations in the field of human rights.”
Likewise, it is necessary to remember that López Obrador’s consultations have caused controversy before, such as the one he promoted in 2018 to cancel the construction of the New Mexico International Airport (NAIM) or the one in March 2020 to stop a Constellation Brands brewery plant in the northern city of Mexicali.
“In democracy, the people rule and cannot be ignored.“He stressed on Tuesday.
You can now follow the details of La Mañanera through the official social media accounts of the Government of Mexico:
With information from EFE.
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