Mexico's president to seek referendum on prosecuting predecesors
Mexico, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico´s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday said he was ready to request a referendum on charging former presidents with corruption if activists fail to collect enough signatures calling for such a vote.
In his morning press briefing at the National Palace, Lopez Obrador recalled that the deadline to collect 1.6 million signatures expires on Tuesday so as to request the courts to call for a referendum, and revealed that about half of that total has been collected so far.
He strongly believed that this specific measure should be reviewed, since a very high amount of figures is required to collect in a very short time. A campaign is being carried out to get all signatures. It is the right that we have to put participatory democracy into practice, not only the representative one, and to move forward, he said.
This participatory democracy practice must be established as a habit, as it is implemented in other nations with referendum, in order to eliminate impunity, he stated.
We have to make this process more flexible so that there are not so many firms that hinder it and force us to make a very great effort, but regardless of whether or not they can gather them in such a short time, the important thing is that they are already carrying out this democratic practice of collecting signatures.
Whether such a figure of signatures is not reached, I already have a draft of a letter to call for a referendum, because I have that power the law and Constitution grant me, and I will make the decision to do so.
In other words, he said, in any case there will be a request for a referendum on prosecuting former presidents with evidence of corruption in their respective terms.
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