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Mexican president nonetheless vows to offer Nationwide Guard to Military Lalrp

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president vowed Wednesday to attempt once more to offer management of the Nationwide Guard to the Military, regardless of a Supreme Court docket ruling towards such a transfer.

The Supreme Court docket had ruled Tuesday that the Structure mandates that the Guard, which is now Mexico’s most important federal legislation enforcement company, should be stored below civilian management inside the Public Security Division.

However President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated he hopes his social gathering can win a two-thirds majority in Congress within the June 2024 elections, and alter the Structure. For now, López Obrador stated he would instruct the Public Security Division — a civilian company — to nominate a retired basic to guide the quasi-military guard.

López Obrador says Military management of the Nationwide Guard is required to stop the pressure from changing into corrupt, as he claimed the now-dissolved Federal Police had turn into.

About 80% of the Nationwide Guard’s 130,000 members are active-duty troopers on mortgage from the Military and Navy, the place they protect their ranks and advantages. Even civilian recruits are subjected to army coaching.

Analysts say using troopers on mortgage to the Guard is outwardly making a bookkeeping headache, as a result of they must maintain some Guard officers on army pay grades and advantages schedules, separate from different members.

López Obrador stated he’ll order Safety Secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez to go to the handfuls of Nationwide Guard headquarters all through Mexico to reassure the army members of the pressure that they are going to maintain their army advantages and ranks.

López Obrador additionally lashed out on the eight of 11 Supreme Court docket justice who voted towards his plan, saying that they had “acted as a part of a faction, not on judicial standards however on political ones.”

The president’s supporters say Mexico has to make use of army personnel in civilian legislation enforcement as a result of Mexico’s drug cartels are so highly effective and properly armed.

However the army has been implicated in a collection of human rights abuses which can be starting to taint the Nationwide Guard.

Within the norther border metropolis of Nuevo Laredo, Nationwide Guard members opened hearth on a civilian SUV over the weekend, killing a pregnant 15-year-old girlfriend and a 54-year-old man and wounding two different folks. The Nationwide Guard has not responded to requests for touch upon the deaths.

The killings come practically two months after a military patrol shot to dying 5 males in cartel-dominated Nuevo Laredo on Feb. 26. 4 troopers have been charged in that case.

The Supreme Court docket dominated Tuesday that final 12 months’s switch of the Nationwide Guard from civilian to military control was unconstitutional as a result of López Obrador created it as a civilian pressure in a 2019 Constitutional reform and positioned it below the management of the civilian public safety ministry.

Final 12 months, López Obrador determined to vary that, however his ruling social gathering and allies now not had the required majority in Congress to move constitutional modifications.