The opposition won in the Senate, but Morena was 2 votes away from reform: Zepeda

Senator Damián Zepeda warned his opposition colleagues that this is not the time for excessive celebrations, since the return of the reform to expand the presence of the Armed Forces in the streets until 2028 is not dead, and it is his duty to convince legislators undecided to vote against.

Mexico City, September 21 (However).– The Senator breadmaker Damian Zepeda Vidales assured today that it was a opposition win in the Senate have prevented –at least temporarily– the approval of the reform to expand the presence of the army in the streets until 2028, but he asked for caution in the celebrations, since he warned that the legislation is not dead.

“I think that today we did win, but I would be careful with the champagne and the fanfares, the big celebrations, because what Morena did was a strategic withdrawal: they did not give her the votes,” said the PAN member in an interview with Álvaro Delgado and Alejandro Páez Varela for the program Journalists which is broadcast on SinEmbargo Al Aire’s YouTube channel.

However, Zepeda clarified: “The truth of things, it cannot be said that all the opposition was there: now it is missing 11 votes, but at one point, [a Morena] one more was cracked and he lacked two” votes to be able to endorse the modifications.

This afternoon, in the plenary session of the Senate, after an intense, harsh and anticipated session, the minute that modifies the 2019 constitutional reform on the National Guard to extend the term of the Armed Forces in public security tasks until 2028 was returned to the ruling commissions, so the vote was suspended amid opposition protests.

Questioned by Alejandro Páez Varela about who were the legislators who were close to voting in favor, the Senator deflected the question and assured that each legislator must take charge, and even ventured that some had revealed it in interviews or statements in the media this Wednesday.

In addition, the former national PAN leader also called for “not lowering our guard” in the coming days and proposed a formula to maintain in the following hours and days the barrier that prevented the approval of the reform today, which needed a qualified majority -two thirds of the senators present – ​​to be endorsed.

“At this time I would not lower my guard, I would be very sensible to convince opposition legislators not to vote in favor, and convince the majority Y to the Government that there is a willingness to change the public security strategy, that it does not have to be an all-or-nothing war, because we all want to guarantee the peace of Mexicans,” he indicated.

Morena in the Senate returned the opinion to committees, after Senator Ricardo Monreal took the podium and proposed giving more time to the discussion, since Morena was not given the numbers to push approval.

“They don’t bring the votes, they don’t bring the votes,” the opposition senators shouted after Monreal proposed to extend the discussion period.

The atmosphere in the Senate changed this day in just one hour: previously Morena intended to vote on the changes today, because she seemed to have the necessary votes, as Zepeda indicated, but her alliance with a part of the opposition -especially the Institutional Revolutionary Party , whose deputies proposed the reform – fell apart at the end of the discussion.

With the decision to return the proposal to committees, Morena will gain time to find consensus and votes over the next nine days and try again for a vote in plenary session, with this document or with a new one, modified precisely in committees, if she so wishes. the majority.

However, Zepeda indicated that he “is not willing to endorse any reform that has been achieved with the political use of justice and that is part of an impunity pact.” “I find it most despicable how they got the votes in the Chamber of Deputies and I do not agree with endorsing that agreement in the dark they did,” he remarked.

And it is that the initiative was promoted by the PRI and supported by the ruling party and its allied forces after the audio publications of its national leader, Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, and the request for immunity from the Campeche Prosecutor’s Office against the also former governor, for alleged illicit enrichment.

The PRI’s decision to join the ruling party to support the reform occurred at the same time that the Governor of Campeche, Layda Sansores, stopped publishing the weekly audios of “Alito”, as the PRI leader is known, although the brunette ruled out that It is not an agreement, but hardly a coincidence.

The PRI reform proposal, supported by the ruling party, generated friction within the organization and harsh criticism from its opposition allies PAN and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), who accused the PRI deputies of failing to fulfill the agreed commitments. in the Va por México coalition, made up of these three parties, a situation that puts the survival of that alliance at risk. Some PRI senators have advanced that they will not support the initiative.

Zepeda, for his part, assured Journalists the crossroads that the reform entails and the “brutal” accusations against “Alito” Moreno: “If the Government was right and guilty, then there was an impunity pact. And, if he was wrong and innocent, then there was a political use of justice.”

Damián Zepeda advocates a change of strategy in public security with a National Guard under civil command. Photo: Cuartoscuro.

Finally, the PAN Senator assured that they are looking for a change in the public security strategy, not for the National Guard to leave the states. “The only thing we say is that it is not from the National Guard, nor does it speak of its elements, but of the permanent Armed Forces, so that they can help in security tasks as long as it is in an extraordinary way, always complementary to a civil force. and subordinate to civilian command.

For the PAN “militarization in Mexico has been a resounding failure: it failed with Felipe Calderón, with Enrique Peña Nieto it has failed and with Andrés Manuel López Obrador it will continue to fail for as long as we give it, as a solution to the problem of public security it is proven in the world that does not work because the Armed Forces, with all due respect, are trained for combat, to eliminate the enemy”, he said.

The PAN, he affirmed, gave Morena the votes to approve the presence of the Army in the streets until 2024 in the transitory articles of the creation of the National Guard, but always with the understanding, “as established by the Constitution, that they were going to be complementary and extraordinary tasks”.

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