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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
New Law Sets Specific Rules for Citizen Consultations
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Article from SourceMex, March 20
A new law is now in effect that could make it easier for the center-left opposition to organize a referendum allowing citizens to speak out against the energy reforms approved in late 2013. Opinions differ, however, on whether restrictions in the new Ley de Consulta Popular could prevent such a referendum. The initiative, approved overwhelmingly in both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Enrique Peña Nieto, puts into practical terms the political and electoral reforms that Congress approved in 2011 and 2013. The reforms created several major changes in Mexico’s political structure, including independent candidacies and the right of citizens to call for referenda.