O Mexico held, this Sunday (1st), a referendum to decide whether to investigate and judge five former presidents for corruption, although I anticipate a low attendance that would leave it without legal effects.
Voting, for which 57,000 ballot boxes were installed, began at 8:00 am local time (10:00 am Brasília time) and will last for ten hours.
The consultation, the first at the federal level, is promoted by leftist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his Morena party. To be binding, at least 37.4 million people must vote (40% of the electoral pattern).
The “yes” would get up to 90%, but would not be legal because “it will hardly reach 30%” of participation,” said Roy Campos, director of the Mitofsky research institute.
But AMLO, the acronym for the 67-year-old president, doesn’t give up hope.
The referendum, whose results will be announced 48 to 72 hours after the vote, accuses Carlos Salinas (1988-1994), Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000), Vicente Fox (2000-2006), Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).
In Mexico, former presidents can be tried like any other citizen, because they lose their jurisdiction when they leave power.