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Friday June 20, 2014

Dispute Over Election Law May Halt Energy Reforms in Mexican Congress

Dispute Over Election Law May Halt Energy Reforms in Mexican Congress

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Mexico’s conservative National Action Party, or PAN, said it would participate in the debate on the secondary energy industry reform legislation only if the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, ceased pressing for the modification of an election law.

The debate on the energy industry reforms in Congress could be delayed until November if the PRI does not agree to abandon efforts to change a law that governs the operations of political parties, the PAN coordinator in the Senate, Jorge Luis Preciado, said.

The energy industry overhaul was approved last December and has passed muster in various Senate committees.

Debate was expected to continue in the coming days on legislation regulating hydrocarbons, foreign investment in the oil industry and public-private partnerships.

The PAN pulled out of talks on the energy industry reforms on Tuesday to press the PRI to abandon plans for a “counterreform” of the Law on Politcal Parties aimed at giving “artificial life” to the “business” of small political parties operating in coalitions, Preciado said.

The PAN also wants the political reforms approved in April by Congress to be approved by the state legislatures, Preciado said.

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