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How the National Guard Debate Roused AMLO’s Opposition in Congress

May 23, 2019

Has a sudden spirit of comity taken over Mexico’s Congress? 

The constitutional change needed for the creation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s new National Guard generated contentious debate before it was approved earlier this year. But on May 21 the Senate unanimously passed the secondary legislation designed to regulate the creation and deployment of the force itself.  

In contrast to the constitutional reform, Morena and its allies had the simple majorities they needed to pass the legislation on their own. Instead, they agreed to work with the opposition on a...

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