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After electoral body says it will fight reform, Mexico’s president lashes out

Earlier this week, Mexico’s top electoral body said it would legally challenge an electoral reform package backed by the country’s president.

After hearing grave warnings about the possibility of conflicts in the 2024 elections provoked by the reforms, the national electoral institute’s governing body voted unanimously to challenge them in court.

And that decision was not well received by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. At one of his daily press conferences this week, he downplayed the significance of the reform, and said it was the electoral institute itself that is a threat to democracy.

Mexico’s Supreme Court could hear the legal challenges, and López Obrador was also asked if he had faith in its justices. He said no, and then clarified that perhaps in one, two or three of them.

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.