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Proposed judicial reforms in Mexico include allowing the public to vote for members of the country’s supreme court (pictured). // File Photo: Thelmadatter via Creative Commons.

Claudia Sheinbaum, the front-runner ahead of Mexico’s June 2 presidential election, told the Financial Times in a recent interview that she backs outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s judicial reforms, which aim to amend the constitution to allow the public to vote for supreme court justices and election commissioners. López Obrador’s alliance in Congress lacked the two-thirds majority needed to pass the reform in its last session, but the ruling Morena party plans to try again after new lawmakers are seated following this weekend’s general election. How likely is the reform to pass, and what are its most controversial aspects? What would the changes mean for the rule of law in Mexico? Why are the reform’s supporters pushing it?

Arturo Zaldívar, coordinator at Diálogos por la Transformacion, a group advising presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum: “Mexico demands a profound reform of the justice system. The institutions responsible for administering and enforcing justice have not been able to address the corruption and impunity that is harming the country today. For this reason, Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum proposes a comprehensive reform to the judicial system through constructive dialogue and seeking consensus among political forces in order to strengthen these key institutions. The proposed reform is a starting point for discussion and dialogue. The most controversial aspect is considered to be the election of judges by popular vote. However, it is crucial to distinguish between…”

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