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Mexico's Lawmakers Serve a Blow to the President's Electricity Reform Push

MIN READApr 19, 2022 | 20:10 GMT

A demonstrator in Mexico City holds a sign in favor of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's proposed electricity reform outside the building housing Mexico's Chamber of Deputies on April 17, 2022, as lawmakers hold a vote on the legislation.

A supporter of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's proposed electricity reform holds up a sign telling legislators "not sell the homeland" outside the building housing Mexico's Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City on April 17, 2022. 

(ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

After failing to do so through a sweeping constitutional overhaul, Mexico's government will likely seek to boost the state's role in the energy sector by either collaborating with the opposition or unilaterally pushing legislation through Congress. On April 17, Mexico's lower house of Congress rejected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's proposed constitutional amendment aimed at bolstering Mexico's state-owned energy companies against private competitors. 275 lawmakers in the 500-member legislative body voted in favor of the reform, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass it....

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