Arturo Zaldívar, head of Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice. Photo: Google


The Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN) ruled Tuesday, Nov. 29, that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) decree ordering the nation’s military to participate in public security work through 2024 is constitutional.

During its Tuesday session, the SCJN, which is led by AMLO cohort and rubber-stamper Arturo Zaldívar, ruled that the recently approved National Guard Law allows the executive branch to carry out such decrees, thus overriding objections expressed by legislators that the order violated their powers.

Zaldívar, who drafted the decision, went on to state that the validity of the militarization of the country was “not under discussion,” but rather the power that López Obrador had to be able to issue this decree had been analyzed.

He did, however, add that the SCJN decree did not prevent Congress from drafting a future law that would limit the abilities of the president to carry out this type of action.

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