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By KELIN DILLON

As Mexico’s in-power leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) and opposing Party of Institutional Revolution (PRI) continue to reach collaborative agreements surrounding expanding the presence of the Mexican Armed Forces in the streets, the unexpected alliance took a new twist on Tuesday, Sept. 20, when members of both parties expressed a willingness to join forces with one another once more to reform electoral aspects of the Mexican Constitution.

It’s altering the constitution that’s brought Morena and the PRI together in the first place, as the two parties advocated to keep the Armed Forces out of the barracks and on Mexico’s streets until 2024 through a constitutional change – methods which the PRI’s former collaborators from the now-defunct Va por México alliance, comprised of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), staunchly opposed.

After the novel PRI and Morena alliance passed its Armed Forces reform through Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday, Sept. 15, the collboratorial success of the two parties – who, for the majority of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) almost four years in office, have been sworn political enemies – inspired further cooperation between the duo. 

Now, both Morena and the PRI have expressed their willingness to work together on electoral reforms to the constitution, using the PRIMor joint majority legislative coalition to accomplish its task.

 “The PRI group is in favor of everything that adds to the country’s democracy, but we will not support or overlap projects and decisions that subtract from democracy and that harm the autonomy of the bodies responsible for organizing elections and defending the results,” said PRI Deputy Cristina Ruiz during the Chamber’s Political-Electoral Reform Commission.

For his part, President of the Political Coordination Board and Morena member Ignacio Mier said the electoral reform, which could potentially put limits on Mexico’s Electoral Tribunal and the autonomous National Electoral Institute (INE), would be discussed by Oct. 15 at the latest.

This isn’t Morena’s only recent crack in its opposition; as the Armed Forces reform hit the Senate voting floor on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Morena managed to bring over PAN Senator Raúl Paz Alonso into its ranks to endorse the reform as an official new member of Morena.

According to PAN Senate Coordinator Julen Rementería, Morena allegedly bribed Paz Alonso with the gubernatorial candidacy for Yucatan in 2024 in exchange for his move to Morena and legislative support.

“This speaks of a barter of things, where Morena, with its corrupting power, is at its best looking to buy with the premise that in politics what has a price is cheap,” said Rementería at the time.

Morena will ultimately require a two-thirds majority in the Senate before it can pass the Armed Forces constitutional reform.

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