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Deputies vote to remove immunity for Mexican politicians

Mexico City, Mexico — In a unanimous decision, the Political Coordination Board of the lower house of Mexico approved a change that would see immunity for political figures eliminated.

In a historic agreement, the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies unanimously approved reforms to the Constitution that would eliminate immunity for all public servants, including the President of the Republic.

Of the 500 legislators, 130 were absent for the vote, however, all 370 attendees who attended the session voted in favor of the move.

Only one house deputy had a discretion with the vote, which was Article 17 which states “no one shall be punished with imprisonment for … conducts that violate the honor of persons, such like defamation, slander and insult.”

Deputy of Morena, Juan Romero Tenorio, from Mexico City, said he is against having no effect on the current President.

The approved vote was sent to the Senate for discussion and eventual ratification. If approved by the Senate, political figures throughout Mexico could be criminally prosecuted. Amendments to articles 17, 61, 74, 108, 110, 111, 112 and 114 would include all federal secretaries, senators, deputies, ministers and the entire political class and of the Judicial Power.

Among the most important changes is that of 108, which eliminates the order that, “The president, during the time of his order, can only be accused of treason and serious crimes of common order.”

“It is a historic step, but it still has to pass in the Senate,” warned Agustín Basave of the PRD, who clarified “It is not a triumph of any party, but of society”.

Amendments to these particular articles have been in effect since 1974 when the Chamber of Deputies declared that criminal proceedings against public servants be eliminated and given immunity.