MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday he will ask the Senate to schedule a referendum on whether to investigate and possibly bring charges against his predecessors, including almost all of Mexico’s living ex-presidents.
López Obrador proposed the referendum for June 6, 2021, the date of midterm congressional elections that are key for holding on to López Obrador’s bare majority in Congress.
The referendum could be a way of drawing voters to the polls, because midterm votes in Mexico often have low turnout, and it could deflect attention from the current administration’s problems with the economy and coronavirus pandemic, by focusing attention on past abuses.
López Obrador views the referendum as an indictment of corruption, conservative economic programs and privatizations, not just what he claimed was “systematic corruption” since 1988.
“The social and humanitarian disasters we have suffered in this country over the last 30 years were the result of a series of conscious