Mexico’s President-elect has not yet made a decision on constitutional reforms

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexico’s president-elect Claudia Sheinbaum told local media late Thursday that no decision has been taken on a package constitutional reforms proposed by the outgoing president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Mexican markets were roiled this week by the specter of Sheinbaum’s leftist Morena Party and its allies being within earshot of the super-majority of two-thirds needed in both chambers to pass controversial measures without opposition.

Sheinbaum replied that “there is no decision” when asked about reforms. “I believe that dialogue is needed, and the proposal needs to be evaluated.”

Critics warn that reforms could eliminate important oversight bodies, undermine judicial independence and consolidate more power in executive branch.

The interior minister announced on Wednesday that Morena, along with its junior partners the Green Party and Labor Party will have likely 83 Senate seats out of the total 128 when the new Congress assumes office in September.

Morena, who is currently just short of the two-thirds vote needed to amend the Constitution, could potentially make deals with other parties to gain the votes they need.

The ruling coalition of the leftists will have 372 seats in the lower house, which is a supermajority.

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