Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Twitter


Mexico’s newly instated president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), is determined to cut spending and reduce astronomic bureaucratic salaries, but just over a week into his administration, he has come loggerheads with the nation’s Supreme Court.

After decreeing that no government official salary exceed that of his own – 108,000 pesos a month (which is 40 percent of that of his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto) – Mexico’s highly remunerated 11-member Supreme Court decided on Friday, Dec. 7, to overturn his law, guaranteeing themselves the hefty 600,000 pesos a month they were receiving under the previous administration.

Although the suspension of AMLO’s salary cap is still pending a final ruling from the court, expected later this week, the decision could put a damper on the new government’s budget plans, due to be announced on Saturday, on Dec. 15.

While hardly pleased by the proposal to overturn his ruling, AMLO seems resigned to having to settle for whatever outcome Mexico’s Supreme Court finally delivers.



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