Thursday, February 9, 2023

Mexico’s Supreme Court, for the first time in the hands of a woman

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice elected Justice Norma Lucia Pina as president of the High Court for the next four years, making Pina the first woman to hold the position, a position she has held for the entire Will also be responsible. Union Judiciary.

The judge, with 34 years of experience in the judiciary, was a member of the court since 2015 and his appointment is celebrated by members of the current executive and members of the opposition.

“Neither victorious nor victorious, I address you today, honored, committed, responsible, legally and morally bound to represent you,” he announced upon taking office, a choice that was true to his words. According to her, the extremely important resolution results in “shattering what looks like an insurmountable glass ceiling for women”.

“Yes, we can,” she insisted after stressing that she felt very strong and agreed with all the women who have fought to bring about change in the prevailing patriarchal culture.

The vote came amid continued attacks by Chief Executive Andrés Manuel López Obrador against the judiciary and controversy surrounding one of the judges, a presidential aspirant, accused of plagiarizing his bachelor’s thesis.

Pina will replace Arturo Zaldivar, who has been in charge of the presidency since 2019 and is considered a progressive judge, but very close to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was very popular on social networks, for example posting videos on TikTok.

On the contrary, all aspiring to succeed Jaldivar stake in his public candidacy a bid to strengthen the independence of the High Court and achieve greater democratization in its internal decision-making.

In his application, Pina said, “Judicial independence is necessary to resolve the conflict between public powers.” “My central proposal is to work for the consolidation of the majority, to implement my personal vision.”

“It’s time for human rights and it’s time for women,” Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero, interior secretary under López Obrador and former High Court magistrate, wrote on Twitter, congratulating Peña and highlighting her career .

The opposition National Action Party expressed confidence in a statement that Pina would return “the professionalism, fairness, equality and political neutrality that it should have” to the institution. Other opposition lawmakers such as independent senator Emilio Álvarez Icaza also demonstrated in favor of Pina.

Just before Monday’s vote, López Obrador again questioned the judiciary, which, he said, continues to be “hijacked” by economic power and captured by conservatives.

The president indicated that one of his government’s pending tasks was to renew it, although he tried, saying that of the four magistrates he proposed, “two turned their backs on us.” However, he added that he “does not wish to be controlled by any other power because we are a democracy.”

The vote took place after Yasmin Esquivel, the only presidential candidate proposed by this administration to reach the High Court, was the subject of intense controversy after being accused of plagiarizing her graduate thesis.

Esquivel has insisted that she was the kidnapper, that the files at the institution where she studied were tampered with and that this was a ruse to discredit her ahead of her aspiration to preside over the High Court.

At the plenary session of the court, before the vote to renew the presidency, Esquivel took the stage to denounce that with the charges against him he wanted to influence that decision and undermine the court for economic or political reasons. Wanted to Likewise, he insisted that the thesis was his own, as confirmed by an authority he did not cite.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico, however, said that it was clear that one of the two researches published in the 1980s contained plagiarism, adding that further investigation was necessary to find out who plagiarized whom.

Among the most notable votes during Zaldivar’s tenure were the Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalize abortion, to strike down some immigration reviews as unconstitutional, and his declaration in favor of regulating marijuana consumption.

In the face of these decisions made by groups defending human rights, others were highly criticized that were aligned with pro-government proposals such as the Court’s support of the Security Act or the Stability of the Armed Forces in Power Law. The minors of the court were interrogated. Limiting free competition.

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