February 12, 2020 / 1:32 PM / 9 days ago

Mexican president intends to send judicial reform proposal to Congress

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a news conference in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico January 10, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he will send Congress a proposal crafted by the Supreme Court that aims to strengthen the judiciary to combat corruption and abuse of power within its ranks.

Speaking during his regular morning news conference, Lopez Obrador said he will send the proposal to Mexico’s Congress on Wednesday morning.

“A minister of the supreme court presented us with a draft initiative that we support and we will sign to send to congress,” Lopez Obrador said.

The aim of the reform is to strengthen the judiciary to combat corruption, impunity and abuse of judicial power, Supreme Court Minister Arturo Zaldivar said during the news conference.

Reuters reported on Monday that Mexico had scaled back a planned judicial reform that alarmed rights defenders and caused a backlash within Lopez Obrador’s Cabinet.

Reporting by Raul Cortes and Sharay Angulo; Writing by Julia Love; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Paul Simao

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