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Governing Party Proposes Reduction in Size of Mexican Congress

LADB Article ID: 80197
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-02-01
By: Carlos Navarro

A proposal to reduce the size of the Mexican Congress has resurfaced in the Chamber of Deputies as part of a move to cut expenditures in the legislative branch. Under the proposal put forth by the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), the Congress would eliminate 100 at-large seats in the Chamber of Deputies and another 32 in the Senate in time for the 2018 election. The plan would cut the number of at-large seats in the lower house in half and eliminate them altogether in the Senate. There are 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, 300 elected directly by citizens and 200 at-large posts assigned proportionally to each party based on the percentage of votes received during the election. The Senate has 128 members, including 96 directly elected seats and 32 at-large posts. The conservative Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), which has drafted a similar initiative independent of the PRI plan, controls 109 seats in the lower house. The PAN proposal, however, goes one step further by recommending a reduction in the amount of government financing that is provided to the political parties.

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