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5 months ago | World Politics News | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

Mexico’s Senate on Thursday approved a constitutional reform eliminating presidential immunity from prosecution for crimes including corruption while in office.

Under Mexico’s existing constitution, serving presidents can only be tried for treason and certain other serious crimes.

Members of the Senate, the upper house of Congress, approved the reform by 89 votes to 23.

The proposal was spearheaded by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-wing populist who says presidential immunity has fueled corruption.

The coalition, led by his Morena party, dominates both houses of Congress.

As an opposition politician, Lopez Obrador accused his predecessors of graft, but they were protected from prosecution by the constitution.

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