Mexico: Lawmakers Propose Reforms to Piece Together a Fractured Congress

Aug 4, 2017 | 19:08 GMT

Mexico’s ruling Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) proposed reforms to federal legislation that could institute a coalition government by 2018. The purpose of legalizing a coalition government is to overcome logistical challenges posed by Mexico’s political fragmentation. Since the 1990s, Mexico’s political landscape splintered as several competing parties gained seats at the expense of the PRI. The PRI, which once held virtually all major elected offices in Mexico, now jostles for power in Congress with the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the more leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). Meanwhile, former Federal District Head of Government Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador formed his own party, National Regeneration Movement, for the 2018 presidential campaign, which threatens to further divide Congress....

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