OPINION

Morena President Mario Delgado. Photo: Google

By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

The fact that members of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party have no qualms about bending — and even breaking — the law in order to achieve their goals is nothing new.

We already saw this evidenced in how blatantly the party violated electoral laws in order to promote its dud of a referendum on a presidential recall on Sunday, April 10, even going so far as having Morena President Mario Delgado taxi pro-AMLO voters to and from the poll booths and brazenly putting up billboards in favor of López Obrador in strict violation of National Electoral Institute (INE) regulations, all to no avail since barely 17 percent of eligible voters participated.

And even AMLO himself couldn’t restrain his outburst earlier this month aimed at several Supreme Court (SCJN) justices who threated to declare his Electric Industry Law (LIE) unconstitutional, proclaiming, “Don’t tell me the law is the law!” (Obviously, the law is the law in Mexico, except when it pertains to His Majesty, Mr. López Obrador.)

But now, Morena has stooped to a new low in its efforts to railroad the president’s absurd Electricity Reform Bill through Congress, first rallying pro-Morena protestors to block the entrance of the Chamber so that opposition congressmen could not show up to vote, and then playing hide-and-seek with the date when the bill will be voted on (it was set to be held on Tuesday, April 12, but at the last minute, the Morena-majority Chamber of Deputies switched it to Easter Sunday, April 17, hoping that most of the opposition would be out of town for the Holy Week break).

To get around the Morena blockade, some opposition deputies even spent the night outside the chamber doors on Monday, April 11 — including Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Deputy Norma Angélica Aceves García, who was battling pneumonia and was hooked up to an oxygen tank — only to learn early the next day that the vote had been “postponed.”

Those very same deputies are planning to spend the night at the chamber on Saturday, April 16.

The simple fact of the matter is that Morena does not have enough votes to pass the bill, which would require a constitutional amendment and a two-thirds majority.

So the party has resorted to a series of shenanigans from trying to bribe and/or blackmail opposition deputies into supporting the controversial bill (which will violate existing national and international contracts, opening the door to a Pandora’s box of legal suits, and will further damage the environment by prioritizing contaminating carbon-based energy sources from state-run enterprises over clean alternatives from the private sector).

But as López Obrador and Morena continue to make a farce of the nation’s political and judicial institutions, the Mexican people are becoming more and more disenchanted with the president and his court of buffoons.

This was evident in the results of the revocation of mandate referendum, in which less than half the voters who cast their ballots in favor of AMLO’s presidency back in 2018 supported him on April 10.

Morena and its band of thugs may think that their power and popularity are absolute, but politics has a peculiar way of swinging from one side to the opposite side, and López Obrador has already stretched that pendulum to the extreme left.

If the presidential revocation of mandate referendum is any indication, the glory days of Morena’s blustering may be numbered.

 

 

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