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Mexico: López Obrador’s First Year

Relations with the Judiciary

The Federal Public Servants’ Remunerations Law led to thousands of appeals by bureaucrats, which in turn produced the first significant conflict of the new administration, pitting López Obrador and Morena against the supreme court. Indeed, tensions with the judiciary emerged even before López Obrador was sworn into office, when Justice Alberto Perez Dayan’s suspended application of the law on the basis that the constitution says that supreme court justices and other judges may not have salary cuts during their term of office. As a result, the supreme court in early December 2018 instructed all lower courts to suspend application of the law as it first had to analyse its constitutionality.

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