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Election Reform in Mexico

La Opinin, Posted: Dec 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES--Mexican President Felipe Caldern introduced election reform on Dec. 15 that would bring more accountability to Mexico's political system, according to an editorial in La Opinion. His 10 proposals range from adding second-round run-off in presidential elections when no candidate wins the majority (which would have forced him into a run-off with Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, preventing challenges to the authority of the declared winner) to the possibility of independent candidates and citizen ballot initiatives, and allowing other elected officials, like senators and deputies, to run for re-election, which has been taboo in Mexico for decades. The proposals were immediately met with opposition. One measure, however, seems to be popular with the Mexican public: reducing the number of representatives in Mexico's Congress to cut down on bureaucratic spending. Mexico's Chamber of Deputies currently has 500 members. (In the United States, there are 435 members in the House of Representatives for three times the population.)

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