The Chamber of Deputies approves the Armed Forces reform

With 28 in favor, the Constitutional Points Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved the new ruling of the Armed Forces reform sent by the Senate.

The Chamber of Deputies approves the Armed Forces reform
Here are 5 essential takeaways about the current efforts to overhaul the Mexican armed forces. Credit: Sedena

With the changes proposed by the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies' Constitutional Points Commission agreed with the opinion that gives the Armed Forces more power to help keep the country safe.

With 28 in favor and 10 against, the proposals were ratified so that the Congress of the Union may summon those responsible for the Armed Forces to appear before it and allocate resources in 2023 for the improvement of local police forces, among others. The reform of the armed forces was discussed in this Wednesday's session of the Chamber of Deputies.

Should the Armed Forces reform pass the Chamber of Deputies, it will be sent to the Congresses of the 32 states where it will be analyzed and approved. In the local congresses, it is required that the Armed Forces reform have 50 votes plus one to declare its constitutional validity.

What changes did the Senate make to the Armed Forces Reform Act?

On October 5, the Senate approved the Armed Forces Reform and returned it to the Chamber of Deputies for changes to be made to the ruling. These changes were made to the decision that makes the Armed Forces stay longer.

The progress in the diagnosis and programs regarding the National Guard will be determined by the National Public Security Council and, in its place, will be determined by the Executive Secretariat of the National Council for National Security.
The heads of the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), and the Ministry of the Navy (Semar) may be summoned.
State governments will also send reports on their public security performance to their local congresses.