Mexico's workers party walks out of senate energy debate

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Senators from Mexico's workers party (PT) walked out of the debate over the country's energy legislation on Tuesday, calling the process "a farce" after several interruptions and delays, local media reported.

Mexico's senate is currently debating the secondary legislation that would govern the energy reform package approved in December that allows private investment in the energy sector.

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Tuesday's debate was scheduled for midday but postponed for one hour. A lack of quorum resulted in a recess, followed by another one for lunch, which coincided with the Brazil-Germany World Cup match. The debate began at 5pm.

PT and PRD party senators bemoaned the fact that the meeting was called with one day's notice by the ruling PRI party and not by the president of the legislative studies commission, who was absent, according to SDP Noticias.

The PT's leader in the senate, Manuel Bartlett Díaz, described the process as "a farce," announcing that his party would no longer participate in the debate at commission level, but rather wait until the legislation is discussed by the full senate in the coming weeks.

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