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House of Deputies Chooses 12 Members of Mexico City Constitutional Assembly

The federal legislative house was given the power to appoint 12 of the 100 members of the Mexico City Constitutional Assembly
By The News · 29 of April 2016 16:08:58
Legislators for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the National Action Party (PAN) discuss their legislative agenda, 60315262. México, 15 Mar. 2016 (Notimex-Especial).- Los coordinadores parlamentarios del PRI, PAN y PRD en la Cámara de Diputados y el Senado se reunieron esta noche para discutir la agenda legislativa.NOTIMEX/FOTO/ESPECIAL/COR/POL/, photo: Notimex

The Chamber of Deputies approved a list of federal deputies who will represent that body in Mexico City’s Constitutional Assembly, which will take office on Sept. 15. The measure was approved with 321 votes in favor, 25 against and six abstaining.

Of the 100 deputies that will make up the Constitutional Assembly, 60 will be elected by residents of Mexico City on June 5, while the remaining 40 will be appointed, fourteen each by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and six each by President Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera.

Araceli Damián, a deputy for the leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena), which is the party with the most support in Mexico City, criticized the process for being undemocratic. Although Morena won more votes than any other party in the last election in Mexico City, only one of the 14 seats chosen by the Chamber of Deputies was offered to Morena, which it refused.

Damián also criticized the list approved by the Chamber of Deputies for a lack of gender equality, noting that only five of the 14 chosen deputies are women.