By KELIN DILLON
Mexico’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) lost its qualified majority in the Chamber of Deputies during the elections held on Sunday, June 6, curbing its ability to modify the nation’s constitution without outside help.
Preliminary results announced by the National Electoral Institute (INE) on Sunday evening showed Morena projected to win 35 percent of the votes into the Chamber of Deputies, with the National Action Party (PAN) achieving between 18.5 and 19.3 percent, the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) winning 17.8 to 18.5 percent, Citizen’s Movement between 7.1 and 7.5 percent, the Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM) winning 5.5 to 6 percent, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) between 3.5 and 3.9 percent, and the rest of the seats going to smaller parties.
Three recently registered parties, Encuentro Solidario, Fuerza por México and Redes Sociales Progresistas, will now be losing their registration after receiving less than 3 percent of the votes each in the midterms.
“It must be remembered that all the information that we have provided so far, both through the quick count and through the Preliminary Election Results Program (PREP), is preliminary,” said INE President Lorenzo Córdova, adding that final results would be revealed beginning on Wednesday.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a Morena member, said he was “happy, happy, happy” about the results of the elections during his press conference on the morning of Monday, June 8.
“What was most important for me was for the election to pass without incident, for democracy to be asserted,” he said.
“That was what mattered most to me and we were very vigilant to avoid violence and to provide guarantees to people to go out to vote without fear.”
Likewise, the United States Embassy in Mexico congratulated the country on maintaining peaceful and well-run elections, tweeting “Congratulations to Mexico for concluding a successful electoral process.”