Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Google

By KELIN DILLON

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) asked the country’s Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN), Mexico’s highest judicial body, to reverse the appeal-based suspensions to his contentious electricity reform on Tuesday, April 27.

López Obrador recently and controversially extended the term of the SCJN’s president Arturo Zalvídar by two years, opening the door for AMLO to potentially ram through his preferred legislation through the courts, regardless of appeals.

AMLO then went on to call any judges who didn’t agree with the term extension as complicit in corruption, setting the stage for the dismissal of any judicial decisions made against his favor as invalid.

Documents filed on April 23 requested the nation’s highest court to determine if the suspensions were valid or not, circumventing the authority of lower courts by going straight to the tribunal headed by AMLO’s newly-extended friend, Zalvídar.

“The president asked the court to resolve the suspension directly, instead of the collegiate courts doing so,” Julia González, senior associate at Mexico City-based law firm González Calvillo, told El Financiero.

“López Obrador asked the Supreme Court to make use of this power … while it is the collegiate courts specialized in economic matters which should do it,”

Following the SCJN’s acceptance of AMLO’s request, it will be sent to the court’s second chamber for the final decision on whether or not to rescind the electricity reform’s suspensions.

…April 29, 2021

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