Trade pact will enter into force in Mexico without regulatory laws
Mexico, June 29 (Prensa Latina) The trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (T-MEC), will enter into force next Wednesday without the parliamentary opposition approving its regulatory laws, rejecting a special session for today.
The possibility of approving them this Monday, that is, before July 1, when that tripartite agreement is activated, fell apart because the Chamber of Deputies prevented Morena from achieving the majority required to convene an extraordinary session on Monday and support the Senate that it did pass the laws.
The coordinator of the Morena deputies, Mario Delgado, directly accused the National Action Party (PAN) of permanently blackmailing and having had the support of the PRI and the Citizen Movement with a view to blocking the possibility of providing the T-MEC with the legislation required to get going, under the pretext that the call allowed other topics to be included.
The opposition, for its part, blamed Morena and its allies that Congress will not pass the T-MEC laws. 'We all wanted that legislation to be ready in the next few days, but we could not give a blank check to the majority group,' replied PRI senator Claudia Ruiz Massieu.
The calls for the extraordinary vote were made separately. In the case of the Senate, after a long day of negotiations in the ruling commissions and between the political groups, it was approved to cite an extraordinary vote as of today, with 32 votes in favor and five against, the latter from the PAN.
Everything was complicated, however, in the case of the Chamber of Deputies. From the outset, the opposition asked for a recess, since, explained the deputy Dulce María Sauri, the call prepared by the Political Coordination Board in San Lázaro, chaired by Mario Delgado, included a wording that alluded to include the laws of the T-MEC, the reactivation of the process to elect four INE directors, 'among others'.
He insisted on removing 'those two words' which made it possible to include more topics. A strong debate arose, PAN legislators warned that among them could be the disappearance of trusts or the removal of Laura Rojas as president of the Chamber of Deputies. The final vote was 24 in favor and 13 against. There was no qualified majority.
The opposition also rejected the holding of a second extraordinary period in the Chamber of Deputies, for July 22, for the election of the four INE councilors.
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