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Popular support in Mexico for the electric reform

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Popular support in Mexico for the electric reform

Mexico City, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Popular mobilizations in favor of the electricity reform will continue today in several Mexican states in the face of resistance from private businessmen, foreigners, opposition political parties and legislators.
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In the capital, new concentrations have been announced in the zocalo and other places while in various states such as Chihuahua, Chiapas and Zacatecas, social organizations, unions and Morena party militants, as well as allies, continue to mobilize.

Demonstrators will gather in front of state congresses to demand support from legislators for the approval of the electric reform proposed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador; the nationalization of lithium and other strategic minerals, as well as the re-nationalization of oil and the Federal Energy Commission (CFE).

In Mexico City, members of the National Front in Defense of the Electricity Reform demonstrated in the Chamber of Deputies and read a central document which, organizers said, was also made known in 106 cities and towns in the country.

The presidential proposal is to “defend the interests of electricity users, guarantee the exploitation of lithium and other strategic minerals, as a starting point for future industrialization, in addition to reversing the entire dismantling of the national energy industry”, highlights the text that continues to be distributed.

One of the side streets of the Lower House is full of flags of all colors, posters and a string of acronyms of leftist, farmers and neighborhood groups demanding that the legislators approve the reform law without amendments.

Ignacio Mier, coordinator of the ruling Morena party legislators, told the demonstrators that they need 330 votes to pass the law, but the government coalition only has 278 seats, so they have to battle hard to get the remaining 52 which are in the hands of the opposition.

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