Mexico's PRD walks out of senate energy debate, again

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mexico's left-wing PRD party senators again walked out of the country's energy reform debate on Tuesday, expressing their disagreement with the approval and voting processes.

PRD lawmaker Zoé Robledo Aburto claimed that modifications were made "in the dark" to the bills by the energy and legislative studies commissions, to the extent that senators are unaware of them all, according to a senate press release.

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This is not the first time that the energy legislation debate has been delayed, with left-wing PRD and workers' party (PT) and the right-wing opposition PAN party senators having walked out in recent weeks.

He claimed that commitments were made to approve the legislation this week, and the PRD's presence was designed to legitimate "something that cannot be legitimized."

The PRD believes that the senate's regulations were not obeyed and that there was no willingness on behalf of legislators to hear the arguments against, he said, claiming that the ruling PRI party and PAN senators know that the reform is not popular and is not in favor of the country.

He said that, by walking out of the debate, the PRD senators were "trying to save the senate's dignity."

PAN leader in the senate Jorge Luis Preciado Rodríguez said earlier this month that the reform must be approved by September 8, when the government presents its budget plans for 2015.

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