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Apr 5, 2019 | 14:33 GMT

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Mexico: Morena Coalition Seeks Constitutional Reform to Expand Supreme Court

What Happened: Mexico's ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena) coalition is planning a constitutional reform to expand the country's Supreme Court from 11 to 16 ministers and make the five new members part of a specialized anti-corruption body within the court, La Silla Rota reported April 4.

Why It Matters: A successful reform to add new ministers to Mexico's Supreme Court would likely grant President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador greater control of the court by appointing politically aligned ministers. Adding five anti-corruption ministers to the court could also allow the administration to enact politically motivated investigations and continue them despite negative rulings by lower level courts.

Background: The reform requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of Mexico's Congress and Lopez Obrador's support in the Senate is roughly 10 votes short. The proposal will likely encounter stiff resistance from opposition parties and require Lopez Obrador to negotiate with his political opponents, and potentially grant them extensive concessions to pass the bill.

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