Mexico’s controversial Electricity Bill faces pushback from opposition lawmakers


Mexican Senator Ricardo Monreal said that he expects the lower house to vote by the end of April on the government’s controversial proposal to hand over majority control of Mexico’s electricity sector to the state utility CFE.

If it’s approved then, he plans to convene the senate for an extraordinary session soon after. The bill has faced pushback from crucial opposition lawmakers, who want the discussions to be delayed until at least September.

“We’re going to review it carefully once they send it to us since we’re the part of congress tasked with reviewing it, and we’ll act with prudence, listening to all voices,” he said.

Monreal is one of three top Morena politicians to have revealed intentions to run for the presidency in 2024, together with Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

He appeared with 9% vote intention among Morena supporters in an El Universal/Buendia y Marquez poll last week, behind Sheinbaum and Ebrard, who got 31% and 25% support respectively.

During the interview, Monreal said he is still planning to run as a Morena presidential candidate. While he isn’t currently considering making a bid to get another party’s nomination, he declined to fully rule out that possibility.

Source: El Financiero

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