Mexico's Judiciary Reform Gains Public Support: Polls Show Overwhelming Backing

Polls commissioned by Mexico's ruling MORENA party indicate strong public support for reforms to the judiciary, including the popular election of Supreme Court judges. President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum stated these polls would inform upcoming discussions. Sheinbaum plans to hold talks with lawmakers and has pledged public forums for broader discussions.


Reuters | Updated: 18-06-2024 01:32 IST | Created: 18-06-2024 01:32 IST
Mexico's Judiciary Reform Gains Public Support: Polls Show Overwhelming Backing
Claudia Sheinbaum

Polls commissioned by Mexico's ruling MORENA party show support for a proposed reform of the country's judiciary, including support for the popular election of Supreme Court judges, President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum said on Monday. "These polls are information, they don't have another objective," Sheinbaum told a press conference. "This is just information to be considered in the discussions that will start in the coming days."

She is scheduled to hold talks with senators and lower house lawmakers on Tuesday, and has pledged public forums to discuss the plan more widely. According to three polls commissioned by MORENA, which won a landslide victory in the June 2 general elections, around 80% of people believe it is necessary to reform the judicial system.

According to the three polls, some 70% backed the popular election of Supreme Court judges and nearly 90% supported an independent judicial watchdog to probe possible misdeeds or corruption. Around 40% said they believed most judges, magistrates and ministers were corrupt. The polls jointly surveyed some 3,855 people between June 14-16 with margins of error of just under 3%.

Sheinbaum, who is set to take over from her mentor and outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in October, added that she would announce the first nominees to her cabinet on Thursday. Lopez Obrador had proposed the reform prior to June 2 but reiterated calls following the landslide election of Sheinbaum.

The peso briefly dipped after Sheinbaum's poll announcement, before stabilizing at around 18.5 pesos to the U.S. dollar. "Investors don't need to worry, this is a survey and after this there will be dialogue and debate," Sheinbaum told reporters at the conference. "The peso is a strong currency and it will continue to be under my mandate."

Sheinbaum reiterated pledges to responsibly manage the public debt and budget, as well as conserve the autonomy of the Mexican central bank.

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