Mexico: Thousands Protest Electoral Reform Plan

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    The Facts

    • Demonstrators took to the streets of Mexico City and other municipalities across Mexico on Sunday to protest against electoral reforms proposed by Pres. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, including an overhaul of the National Electoral Institute (INE).

    • Congress is expected to start discussing these constitutional changes in the coming weeks, with the president's Morena party unable to approve it without opposition support.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    It's clear that López Obrador wants to undermine Mexican institutions to perpetuate himself in power. However, the nation has delivered a strong response with these protests, showing that he won't be allowed to dismantle what has been achieved through decades of struggle.

    Narrative B

    This electoral reform won't eliminate the INE, but the corruption and lack of transparency that have long marred the institution and Mexico's electoral system. As the country's electoral bodies have failed to comply with their democratic duties, it's time to revamp them in order to establish truely democratic institutions.

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