News Tech: MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday switched his strategy to put the military in charge of the National Guard to crack down on violence fueled by organized crime.
“I cannot sit with my arms folded,” he told a regular news conference, saying he was proposing the law so it could be agreed quickly in order to strengthen public security.
Noting he did not have the votes for a two-thirds majority in Congress needed for constitutional changes, he said he would on Sept. 1 submit a fast-tracked bill to make the National Guard a branch of the Army. This would require only a simple majority to achieve his goal.
He said he hoped the body, formed in 2019 to replace the Mexico’s Federal Police, whose reputation had been tarnished by years of allegations of abuses and corruption, would benefit from the experience and resources of the armed forces.
Source: Reuters Trust Principles.