The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has called the Chamber of Deputies’ approval of the reform that removes the jurisdiction of the heads of state “historic”, so that he can be tried like any other citizen “.
The charter was first imposed in 1857 and retained in the 1917 constitution, which is still in force in Mexico. For López Obrador, who campaigned for reform, this is “good news”, which underlines that incumbent presidents can from now on be brought to justice, for example for corruption.
López Obrador now hopes that the Senate will maintain the same line as the Chamber of Deputies and the 17 state congresses, which also have to give their approval, as this is a reform of the Magna Carta.
However, the opposition has questioned the scope of these changes, as the president would not be brought before the ordinary judiciary, but through a special process run by the legislature.