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The Mexican Senate approves the abolition of presidential immunity

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Mexico – (AFP):
On Thursday, the Mexican Senate approved a constitutional amendment to abolish presidential immunity and allow prosecution of the president in the event of several crimes, including corruption, during his tenure.

And the bill that was previously approved in the House of Representatives still requires obtaining the majority of state assemblies’ approval. Under the current Mexican constitution, presidents can only be tried during their tenure for high treason and other serious crimes.

Senators approved the amendment by 89 votes to 23. The proposal was led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a populist left-wing who believes that presidential immunity has fueled corruption in the country.

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