Mexico City, Mexico — The government of Mexico has officially received 18 state votes for the creation of the National Guard.
With the week starting with only six state approvals, the past few days has seen the addition of the needed state votes required to bring the bill to congress for approval.
The Guardia Nacional is a security project presented by President López Obrador. After only 100 days in office, the project proposal has been fulfilled. With the approval of 18 states, the constitutional reform will now allow the creation of the National Guard.
On Wednesday, congresses of Tamaulipas, Puebla, Sinaloa, Quintana Roo and Oaxaca had approved the reform, adding the support of legislators from the 32 local congresses.
“It is now appropriate that all notifications of the local congresses be sent to the Congress of the Union to make the corresponding declarations first in the Chamber of Deputies and then in the Senate,” said Martí Batres of the upper house.
With the 18 approvals, the declarations will be sent to the president for its promulgation and publication.
Once created, the National Guard will be attached to the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, a civil and non-military authority consisting of 50,000 members.
The goal of the National Guard is to establish peace and fight the country’s insecurity due to criminal gangs.