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Special Assembly Completes Constitution for Mexico City

LADB Article ID: 80206
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-02-08
By: Carlos Navarro

The special assembly assigned to write a new constitution for Mexico City has concluded its work, creating one of the most progressive documents for any state in Mexico. Mexico City changed its status from a federal district to full statehood in January 2016 with a vote in the federal Congress. However, the change could not be fully enacted until a special 100-member assembly completed a new governing document. Forty members of the assembly were appointed by the Mexican president, the federal Congress, and the Mexico City mayor, while the other 60 were elected by Mexico City voters in June 2016. The assembly completed its work by the deadline of Jan. 31, releasing a document on Feb. 5 that spells out a broad range of individual rights for the residents of the newly formed state, commonly known by its acronym, CDMX.The CDMX Constitution will go into effect on Sept. 17, 2018. It codifies certain elements contained in the legislation approved by Congress in January 2016, including greater autonomy for the chief executive, who will have the rank of governor but the title of chief of government (Jefe de Gobierno), and the power to appoint the city attorney and the chief of police, as well as exercise control over the budget. The federal Congress previously had full control over these matters.

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