Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Photo: Facebook

By KELIN DILLON

The Complaints Commission of the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) had its warning to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) revoked by the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary (TEPJF) in a ruling on Tuesday, Dec. 15. 

The INE’s original preventative protection warning came on Friday, Dec. 5, after AMLO continually voiced his distaste for opposition parties in favor of his own National Regeneration Party (Morena) during his daily morning press conferences. 

The National Action Party (PAN), the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), some of AMLO’s most vocal critics, have received considerable attention during government television and radio airtime due to the Mexican president’s rants against them.

The INE determined this to be a potential violation of Article 134 of the Mexican Constitution, which prohibits the president of Mexico from “using public resources in favor or against a party,” as well as “personalized propaganda” and “speaking for or against any party” during government-dedicated air times.

The judiciary tribunal determined that López Obrador’s actions did not deserve a warning from the INE because he had not done anything wrong, and said the INE’s warning was based on acts he had not yet committed. 

Precautionary measures must “be part of a main proceeding, and therefore cannot be issued on situations that have not yet occurred,” said the TEPJF.

Now, López Obrador can continue to excercise his freedom to “clarify, argue and reply” to his detractors publicly without fear of the INE’s intervention.

…Dec. 16, 2020

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