The editorial board of the American newspaper The Washington Post (WP) on November 29, 2022 asked the United States government headed by President Joseph Biden, as well as the Congress or the people of the United States, not to allow the Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE ), be indifferent to the “democratic” attempt by Andrés Manuel López Obrador to banish an “important institution”.
‘Mexico must stop AMLO’s most recent anti-democratic maneuvers’ is the title of an opinion piece by the US newspaper’s editorial board, where it was indicated that the United States was not the only democracy in the Americas that was in danger, “because a The President believes he has been the victim of election fraud.”
“In Mexico, left-wing populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) lost the 2006 presidential election by less than one percentage point. He denounced the fraud, refused to give up even after the courts unanimously rejected his claims and mobilized his supporters to block a busy road in the nation’s capital.
“Although he eventually relented and presidents from other parties governed until 2018, López Obrador continues to obsess over the 2006 elections. Now that he is president—after winning the undisputed election in 2018—López Obrador is on the verge of an electoral remake. The system for which he is still guilty of fraud more than 16 years ago,” recalled the aforementioned outlet.
“The president’s proposals threaten the independence of the system and, with it, Mexico’s transition from authoritarianism to hard-won multi-party democracy. The National Electoral Institute (INE), the key institution López Obrador seeks to change, legitimized his 2018 victory However, the President portrayed the body’s board of directors as biased, elitist and a waste of taxpayers’ money,” the President asserted. WP Editorial Board.
“López Obrador wants a new system in which voters elect a seven-member board of 60 candidates, of whom the president, Congress and the Supreme Court will select about 20 each; He would serve for six years, the term of one presidency in Mexico. The politicized sensitivity of this directive is clear”, American newspapers abound.
“In contrast, the current INE has 11 members, selected for their experience by a technical selection committee and then confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the Chamber of Deputies; Each one serves for a term of nine years”, elaborates the editorial board of The Washington Post.
“Opinion polls show that the majority of Mexicans approve of INE’s work. A recent fact-finding mission by the European Union concluded that Mexico’s current system works and enjoys public trust, and López Obrador’s plan ‘carries an inherent risk of undermining that trust’, WP said.
“A growing number of Mexicans suspect that López Obrador is trying to maintain his party’s dominance even after his term ends in 2024, thus replicating the authoritarian regime practiced under the Institutional Revolutionary Party for the last century.” XX,” the paper said.
“On November 13, thousands of people marched in Mexico City and other cities to protest the president’s plan. López Obrador called them classist and racist, and immediately mobilized his supporters, many of them bused in from outlying regions, for a counter-demonstration in Mexico City on Sunday, a day of force as Congress debated the issue. clearly demonstrated. , indicated WP.
“While it is likely that the president will not have the necessary two-thirds majority to amend the constitution, López Obrador has said that he will try to achieve his objectives through secondary laws, which require only a simple majority. are needed,” emphasized the editorial board of Rotary.
“Neither the government of US President Joe Biden, nor Congress or the people should remain indifferent to these events. The United States has many interests – trade, energy, migration, drug trafficking – in Mexico, but none more important than ensuring that democracy flourishes,” the American newspaper urged.
“Next month’s North American leaders’ summit with López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides a great opportunity for President Biden to deliver that message personally and clearly,” opined editorial board from The Washington Post ended.
US State Department INE as “a cornerstone of democracy”
US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel spoke in defense of the National Electoral Institute (INE) on November 16, 2022, about the protests in Mexico on the 13th of the same month and year.
The US official – led by Secretary of State Antony John Blinken – affirmed that institutions such as the Mexican Autonomous Constitutional Body are “a cornerstone of democracy”.
During his daily press conference, the State Department spokesman said that “we are aware of the protests not to touch the national election institution that will take place throughout Mexico this weekend.”
Patel said that “we are of the view that independent institutions, free from political influence, are the cornerstone of democracy.”
Similarly, the US official stressed that “non-partisan electoral bodies specifically ensure that all voices are heard and are essential in democratic processes.”
On November 13, 2022, a march in defense of the INE took place from the Angel of Independence to the Monument of the Revolution, against the electoral reform proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
A few days ago, Democrat Bob Menendez, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expected the Joseph Biden-led administration to strengthen its efforts to support democratic institutions and actors in Mexico.
“The potential dismantling of the national electoral institution in Mexico by President López Obrador represents the latest and most urgent challenge in our campaign to restore democratic values to the center of foreign policy. [estadounidense] in the Western Hemisphere,” said the Democratic senator.