Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hopefully, I'm Wrong. Probably, I'm Not

I dismissed the possibility of significant legislative reform earlier this week, despite reports of a political and security reform moving toward passage. This was perhaps a bit premature, as the Senate has passed a political reform that, surprisingly, would allow the reelection of mayors. That's something I've long been a fan of, and I think it has the potential to create a much more responsive local governing ethos. Presently, a mayoralty is more than anything the chance to initiate a lot of unnecessary projects and build a political profile. Despite being a position with a great deal of influence over a citizen's day-to-day life, it is in practice the most temporary and frivolous of stepping-stones, rather than the culmination of a career. So, good news if the prohibition on reelection gets booted.

However, the Chamber of Deputies has to approve the political reform, an even which has been called "highly unlikely". This divide between the two houses of Congress, which mimics the split between PRI leaders Enrique Peña Nieto and Manlio Fabio Beltrones, was always pointed to as the foremost proximate barrier to reform, so all of the excitement over the reform over the past few days seems a bit overstated.

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