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Mexican president to investigate judge that stopped his Electricity Reform

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Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said today during his morning conference that he wants to initiate an investigation upon the federal judge that provisionally stopped his Electrical Reform.

Firstly, Obrador said he has always respected the judicial branch of his government; however, as the judge stopped the reform pushed by him and his ruling party, Morena, Obrador suggested that the judge was on the payroll of “private energy companies.”

Secondly, he demanded that the federal courts review the actions of “these judges; because it would be outrageous if the country’s judicial branch were to be at the service of the private sector;” Obrador said.

In fact, he even vowed to take the case up to the Supreme Court; although, if he did that, he may face a defeat; as several institutions such as Mexico’s International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) have proven the unconstitutionality of the reform.

As we reported previously, the bill modifies the order in which the power dispatches to the grid, favoring the one from Federal Electricity Commission, CFE, in prejudice of cheaper and cleaner output.

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Reform by Mexican President, unconstitutional

Moreover, the ICC published a report stating that the bill was unconstitutional, as it violates 1,4, 14, 16, 17, 25, 27, 28 and 33 of the Mexican Constitution. “It violates the state’s obligation to defend human rights, specifically the right to health and healthy environment.”

In addition, it would violate the principle of non-revocability of the previous law; under which the Whole Sale Electrical Market and the Energy Reform was installed. It also violates sustainability principles; as well as international treaties of free competence and good regulatory practice of the USMCA agreement.

On the other hand, the judge that stopped the bill, initiated the process after the company Orejana Solar filed a review last Wednesday, March 10. The Court admitted the bill needed to stop; as a cautionary measure aimed to protect and warranty free trade rights.

Nevertheless, Mexican President Obrador said the judge must have been in the payroll of privates; therefore he must be against his national project. He admitted to open to dialogue with private companies, much affected by the bill. “But with reasonable profits, but without coming here to steal. Let them go somewhere else to steal.”

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