Mexico's PRD to push ahead with energy reform referendum

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mexico's left-wing PRD party is continuing with its plan to propose a national referendum on the country's energy reforms and is collecting signatures for a petition to such effect, local media reported.

The referendum will ask citizens whether they consider the reform legitimate, said PRD leader Jesús Zambrano, as cited by local business daily El Economista.

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Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the energy reform legislation into law on Monday, paving the way for private investment into the sector for the first time since the oil industry was nationalized in 1938.

The party has so far collected 1mn signatures and hope for an additional 1mn signatures before September 15, when the petition will be submitted to the supreme court, requesting that a referendum be held.

The party will then begin a campaign to inform the public of "what was not revealed" during discussions regarding the energy reform and its secondary legislation held in the lower house and senate, he said.

The referendum will ask the public whether it agrees or not that the reforms to the constitution regarding the energy sector should be upheld, added Zambrano.