Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced Wednesday that he would modify the Constitution to accommodate his controversial electricity reform if the courts rule that it is unconstitutional.
“I am sure that the electricity reform is constitutional, but if the judges and ministers determine that it is unconstitutional and cannot proceed, I would send an initiative to reform the Constitution,” said the Mexican President in his morning press conference at the National Palace.
López Obrador is immersed in a judicial battle after at least two judges have provisionally suspended the application of his reform, which benefits the public electricity company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to the detriment of private companies.
López Obrador is trying to interfere in the private business of energy suppliers and threatens them to “lower prices.”
Several energy companies affected by the reform have filed injunctions in court, obtaining provisional suspensions of Mexico’s new electricity policy.
In light of this situation, López Obrador sent a letter to the President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Arturo Zaldívar, demanding that Juan Pablo Gómez Fierro, the first judge to stop the reform, be investigated. This is seen as an attempt by the president to persecute those who do not obey him.
The electricity reform has been criticized by businessmen for violating contracts and international agreements, and for damaging the environment, as it relegates clean energies.