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Mexican Court Suspends Controversial Energy Reform

MEXICO CITY — In Mexico, a drastic change to the energy laws benefiting the state over private companies had been signed by the president. But in less than 24 hours, the Mexican Supreme court suspended it.  

The energy reform favors state-owned companies, while scrutinizing and limiting the private sector. It also puts clean energy at the end of the priorities for power generation. 

But a federal judge suspended the law, as it may distort the market, alter competition and affect the development of the energy sector. 

But President Andrés Manuel López Obrador disagrees. 

The president said the suspension comes after foreign and some national business owners are upset since the law would make them lose privileges. 

But many analysts warn that the reform not only goes against the constitution, but it also goes against international trade and environmental agreements. 

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.