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Weekly Report - 30 September 2021 (WR-21-39)

MEXICO: Senate defections pose challenge for López Obrador

Five federal senators left their respective parties to set up a new grouping this week. A former party president of the right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) was joined by a senator from the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), two from its Maoist ally Partido del Trabajo (PT), and an independent. The new Grupo Parlamentario Plural (GPP) seeks to bridge the political divide and to elevate “national reconciliation” above the prevailing politics of confrontation espoused by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. It is unlikely to succeed in this goal but it will leave the López Obrador administration even further short of a two-thirds majority needed to approve constitutional reforms.

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