Mexican Senate approves political reforms

14:07, April 28, 2011      

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The Mexican Senate approved a package of political reforms on Wednesday, including a provision allowing some politicians to seek re-election, a practice that has been constitutionally prohibited in Mexico for decades.

The reforms would allow members of Congress to seek re-election, beginning in 2015 for federal deputies and 2018 for senators.

Other reforms include giving independent candidates the right to run in elections, introducing the practice of organizing citizen referendums and giving the president the right to veto portions of the federal budget.

President Felipe Calderon originally sent the Senate plans of 10-point reforms in December 2009. But the reforms approved on Wednesday failed to address Calderon's following proposals -- holding of run-off elections if no candidate wins over 50 percent of the popular vote, reducing the number seats in Congress, and disallowing registration of any political party which wins less than four percent of the popular vote.

The lower house of Congress and half of the country's 31 states must approve the reforms for them to become effective.

Source: Xinhua
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