Mexico: referendum decides whether former presidents will be prosecuted for corruption

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Consultation with the population is encouraged by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The “yes” must have more than 90% of the votes, however, low turnout can detract from the legal character of the referendum

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.

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