Weekly Report - 09 March 2023 (WR-23-10)

MEXICO: Tensions with supreme court intensify

Relations between Mexico’s executive branch and supreme court (SCJN) have been on thin ice since Norma Lucía Piña Hernández took over as SCJN president from Arturo Zaldívar, an ally of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on 2 January [WR-23-01]. Since then, López Obrador has levelled criticisms at the SCJN, accusing its justices of favouring criminals, and being untrustworthy, corrupt, and hypocritical. Tensions came to a head on 2 March, when an apparent death threat surfaced against Piña on social media, which Mexico’s judicial sector and the political opposition stated was a consequence of López Obrador’s antagonistic rhetoric.

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