Mexican opposition senators request constitutional recourse to agreement

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Mexico City, Nov 25 (EFE) .- At least 53 opposition senators requested this Thursday the president of the Mexican Senate, Olga Sánchez Cordero, to file a constitutional appeal against the Executive’s agreement that lists the infrastructure works of the federal government as matters of public interest and national security.
On Monday, in the evening edition of the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), an agreement appeared “in relation to the projects and works of the Government of Mexico considered of public interest and national security, as well as priority and strategic for national development.” .
In response to the request, Sánchez Cordero said that he would submit “to legal consultation” the request made by the Parliamentary Groups of the National Action (PAN), Institutional Revolutionary (PRI) and Democratic Revolution (PRD) parties to file a constitutional dispute. against the agreement of the Federal Executive.
After the debate that took place on the subject, Sánchez Cordero said that he wanted to “have a legal opinion” of the legal body “in order to have the arguments on the interest and legitimacy of the Senate to promote the constitutional controversy.”
He indicated that his doubt is well founded and he will give a “timely response” to this request, and reported that he has already instructed that the corresponding legal study be carried out as he does not have “an answer on the legitimacy of this Senate to present the controversy.”
He recalled that the possibility of promoting an unconstitutionality action can be initiated with 33% of the senators and would be about whether or not the agreement violates the Political Constitution.
Meanwhile, the president of the Political Coordination Board, Ricardo Monreal, said that the Executive’s agreement has “a valid reason” to consider strategic infrastructure, socio-economic development and tourism projects in the areas where they are located in the public interest. carried out, since it is necessary to support the lagging regions.
Monreal pointed out that around 80 legislators “do not agree with Sánchez Cordero presenting, unilaterally, a controversy against the agreement presented by the President of the Republic.”
On Tuesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his agreement by pointing out that it only serves to “expedite procedures” and do not stop the works and not to avoid accountability.
The Mayan Train, the Dos Bocas refinery or the Felipe Ángeles airport -the new capital airport- are some of the main works of the López Obrador government.
Despite the austerity discourse and as a result of the crises derived from the pandemic, specialists have questioned that the Government prioritizes these megaprojects.

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