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Despite serious concerns expressed by both national and international civil and human rights organizations, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) controversial new security force, the National Guard (GN), is expected to be implemented within a week, but will remain on hold for a few more days.

“We have decided to wait until the majority of state legislatures approve (the constitutional reform that would allow for the creation of the GN), if possible, even though this will take a few more days,” AMLO told reporters during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace on Thursday, March 7.

The president said that he had made the decision to await the green light from as many state congresses as possible before implmenting the change in the Constitution in order to avoid any accusations of illegality or illegitimacy.

Notwithstanding, AMLO said that he already has the necessary federal congressional approval to establish the GN, as well as the go-ahead from 17 out of 32 state congresses.

Notwithstanding, in February, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) the proposed GN security force “impertinent” and “unviable.”

The CNDH said that the security force — which will be an amalgamation of military personnel and civil police — would not guarantee a reduction in legal corruption and impunity as touted, but could pose a serious threat to Mexican democracy and national civil institutions.

The CNDH likewise warned that the establishment of the GN would potentially violate international human rights standards by allowing the military to intervene in civil matters.

That concern was echoed by numerous international human rights organizations and NGOs.

Nevertheless, López Obrador said on Wednesday that he expects the reform to be officially implemented by next week.


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