Supreme Court of Mexico will decide on trial of former presidents
Mexico, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Mexico has in its hands the decision to approve a request by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to hold a popular consultation to try the last five presidents for corruption.
The Executive proposes that the consultation take place on June 6th, 2021, the same day as the midterm elections, or, where appropriate, on the date established by Article 35 of the Constitution, which is the first Sunday in August of that year.
Citizens will be asked whether or not they agree with the competent authorities, in accordance with applicable laws and procedures, investigating and, where appropriate, punishing the alleged commission of crimes by former presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Ernesto Zedillo, Vicente Fox, Felipe Calderon and Enrique Peña Nieto, before, during and after their respective administrations.
Lopez Obrador acknowledged that there are legal loopholes to bring the former presidents to trial, but considered it necessary to advance in the discernment of that point.
They are the five former presidents who cover Mexico's neoliberal period, considered the one with the most corruption, impunity and social violence in history.
Lorenzo Cordova, president of the National Electoral Institute, exposed some complications of holding a popular consultation such as the trial of former presidents next year, since it would imply spending and mobilization similar to the midterm elections.
He indicated that, according to article 35 of the Political Constitution, the consultation would have to take place on the first Sunday in August, that is, less than two months after holding the midterm elections.
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