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With 17 states in favor, reform extending public safety role of Mexican military passes

Mexico’s military can now remain on the country’s streets for an additional four years after a constitutional reform received the support of a majorityof state legislatures — including neighboring Sonora.

With the approval of 17 of Mexico’s 32 states so far, the country can now officially continue using the military to tackle domestic security issues through 2028.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who pushed for the extension, cheered its passage Friday.

During his daily press conference, he said the reform is now valid. But he still wants votes from the remaining 15 state legislatures so the country knows where each stands.

Mexico’s military continues to enjoy popular support, but many are also concerned about increased militarization. In recent weeks, damning revelations have surfaced about the army, including a massive leak of emails detailing sexual assault coverups, illegal surveillance and drating of legislation that serves the army’s interests.

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.