MEXICO'S lower house passes measures to cut short presidential term.

Mexico's Lower House on Thursday approved a constitutional reform that would allow for referendum to cut-short the six-year presidential term, a move opposition lawmakers say opens the door to allowing re-election to the nation's highest office.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec 1, said during the campaign that that he would hold a referendum on his performance at the middle of his term and would cut it short if he loses the consultation.

Lopez Obrador's MORENA party and its allies hold majorities in both chambers of Congress.

The constitutional reform received the required support of two thirds of lawmakers in the Lower House.

It now goes to the Senate for discussion and a vote.

''These changes will allow the Executive [branch] an intense political campaign in a shameless way in 2021, just when the chamber and 13 governorships are renewed,'' said opposition lawmaker Xavier Azuara, from the PAN party.

It is a ''path to re-election,'' Azuara said. [Agencies]


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