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After major protests against Mexican electoral reform, president proposes his own march

Last weekend, thousands of people  marchedacross Mexico to protest a controversial electoral reform. Now Mexico’s president is proposing his own march.

In cities across the country, including Hermosillo, people took to the streets last Sunday to express alarm about a reform package that, among other things, would put the leaders of Mexico’s electoral institute to a popular vote.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was critical of the protests, dismissing them as little more than a lackluster conservative tantrum against his administration.

After defending the reform against critics during one of his morning press conferences this week, López Obrador then announced his own march on Sunday, Nov. 27. As planned, it would end in Mexico City’s massive central plaza where he intends to also deliver his State of the Union address.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.