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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s coalition will fail to gain the two-thirds of the votes needed for major reforms.
Mexicans voted to limit the power of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the election, the official forecast showed, giving his party Morena and its allies a smaller majority, making it difficult to push substantial reforms.
The National Electoral Institute (INE) on Sunday estimates the ruling coalition will win between 265 and 292 of the 500 seats in the lower house, not counting the two-thirds majority needed to push through constitutional amendments.
Lopez Obrador, who has pledged to transform Mexico by overhauling politics and economics, has played with constitutional changes to protect state-owned energy companies.
In addition to voting in the lower house of Congress, Mexicans have chosen 15 state governors and state legislators in Sunday’s race, which is seen as a referendum on López Obrador’s policies and shaking up Mexico’s institutions.
Opinion polls in recent days have shown Morena to have won most of the 15 gubernatorial races. Results are expected overnight.
The competition comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of political violence that has killed more than 90 politicians since the election began in September.
Two heads and other human remains were left at polling stations in the Mexican border town of Tijuana on Sunday, officials said.
An hour after the start of the election, a man banged his head at a polling station, interrupting the vote as the police were called, Baja California Attorney’s Office said.
A couple of hours later, at another polling station in the same district, a man left a different head and dismembered human remains in a wooden box placed next to ballot boxes.
According to the Baja California Attorney’s Office, more human remains were found in bags near the third polling station.
Since taking office in 2018, following a convincing victory, Lopez Obrador has sought to direct more resources to the poor and key infrastructure projects, and has expanded the state’s role in the energy sector. He also cut government spending.
Critics say he destroyed the institutional system of checks and balances.
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