This is what the law says about the possible reelection of AMLO

Both AMLO's admirers and opponents argue that the President will remain in office beyond 2024, therefore it's important to investigate what the law says about his reelection.

This is what the law says about the possible reelection of AMLO
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Credit: Wikimedia

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), has repeatedly said that after concluding his term he will retire politically, however, among both his supporters and opponents there is the idea of reelection, is it legal? This is what the law says about it. In April 2020, questions arose regarding the president's intentions to be reelected, after an initiative was presented to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to extend the presidency for two years.

How many times can a president be reelected in Mexico?

In Mexico, AMLO's reelection would not be possible, since Article 83 of the Mexican Constitution establishes that whoever occupies the office of the Presidency of Mexico, whether by popular election, interim, provisional, or substitute, may not occupy the office again for any reason. This same principle applies to governors, who cannot be reelected if elected by popular vote.

Will there be the reelection of AMLO?

Based on the foregoing, it is concluded that there will be no reelection of AMLO, since there is no law that allows it, in addition, the President himself expressed that upon leaving office he will retire from politics and public life and will dedicate himself to write his next work dedicated to conservatism in Mexico.

Revocation of AMLO's mandate

In contrast to AMLO's reelection, there is a mechanism for the President to retire from office, it is the revocation of mandate, which in López Obrador's administration was carried out in April 2021, when he obtained 15 million 159 thousand 323 voters who voted for the option to remain in office.

Why is there no reelection in Mexico?

In Mexico, since September 1916 there has been no reelection of President after Venustiano Carranza issued a decree modifying several articles of the 1857 Constitution. This decree not only reaffirmed the principle of non-reelection, but also reduced the presidential term to four years, and abolished the office of Vice-President since it was considered "a source of intrigues and impositions, providing pretexts for military coups and coups d'état". The same decree gave the Congress of the Union the power to elect a substitute in the event of the absence of the head of the Executive Power.