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Mexico President AMLO tightens election control

Mexico City, Mexico- Mexican president Manuel Lopez Obrador, or "AMLO", has tightened his control over the election process after successfully passing the legislation in the Mexican congress.

It may point to a sad state of affairs for the nation. For decades, Mexico has suffered under one party rule, not having any meaningful elections.

Luis Donaldo Colosio, a member of that ruling party, was assassinated in 1994 for wanting to advocate for policies his party didn't fully support. Vicente Fox broke the one-party rule with his new PAN party soon after.

When AMLO ran, he proclaimed two options weren't enough. So he advocated for a third way, a new way, a less corrupt way. Voters had high hopes for his new Morena party. But now the independent institute that oversees elections in Mexico has been disbanded. The National Electoral Institute will be no more. Previously, while there was solid local oversight on elections, it will now be overseen by the national government. That means AMLO has control. While the president can't run for another term, these new rules could allow him to keep his party, Morena, in power in a close election-even if they actually lose.

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