By KELIN DILLON
Mexican Judge Juan Pablo Gómez Fierro, who previously laid blows to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) energy and telecommunications reforms, ruled to suspend López Obrador’s controversial hydrocarbon law reform with general effects, the first such legal roadblock against the law.
Gómez Fierro moved for the suspension to apply generally, since if it only affected the petitioners it would “be giving them a competitive advantage over other individuals who are in the same position, which would cause distortions in the hydrocarbon industry, affecting competition and the development of this sector,” read the judge’s ruling.
The judicial decree makes the original hydrocarbon law continue to be applied without the newly voted reforms, until the petitions can be fully examined in a court of law.
Meanwhile, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) announced its intention to lodge a complaint against Mexico for violating the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), based on its refusal to allow workers in Tamaulipas union representation as dictated by the international treaty.
The USMCA has been brought up by energy sector experts as a potential legal and international relations issue for Mexico in terms of its hydrocarbon reform, due to the reform’s perceived infraction of several of the treaty’s energy and environmental stipulations.