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Morena Sweeps Baja California and Will Have Majority in the Federal Legislature

-Editorial

Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

This is the greatest fear of a majority of Mexicans who are concerned about the election of Claudia Sheinbaum as President of Mexico and her political party, Morena, will become the leading party in the country. 

A one-party government could derail the country and is the biggest fear of the opposition.

On Sunday night, the National Electoral Institute (INE) revealed the preliminary results of the quick count, indicating that Morena and its allies, the Labor Party (PT) and the Green Ecologist Party (PVEM), are on the verge of achieving the coveted majority in the legislature. 

In the Chamber of Deputies, composed of 500 legislators, projected numbers indicate that Morena could secure between 233 and 251 seats, the PT between 46 and 52, and the PVEM between 67 and 77, according to the quick count. With these results, the bloc would reach between 346 and 380 seats in the next Legislature.

In Baja California, the Preliminary Electoral Results Program 2024 of the INE revealed that Julieta Ramírez Padilla of Morena achieved a virtual victory with 49.5% of the votes, closely followed by Gustavo Sánchez Vásquez with 21.5%. Armando Ayala, mayor of Ensenada, and former governor Jaime Bonilla of the Labor Party also celebrated their victories.

As for the Senate, composed of 128 legislators, Morena is projected to have between 57 and 60 seats, the PT between 9 and 13, and the PVEM between 10 and 15, placing the bloc between 76 and 88 seats.

The quick count also offered a glimpse of the distribution of seats for opposition parties. In the Chamber of Deputies, the PAN is estimated to obtain between 64 and 80 seats, the PRI between 30 and 41, the PRD between 0 and 8, and MC between 23 and 32. In the Senate, the PAN would have between 19 and 22 seats, the PRI between 15 and 18, the PRD between 0 and 3, and MC between 4 and 8.

These elections were widely interpreted as a referendum on the management of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose party, Morena, currently dominates 23 of the 32 governorships and has a simple majority in both chambers of Congress. Morena’s presidential candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, has promised to continue López Obrador’s policies, including a universal pension for the elderly and a support program for the youth.

As we look ahead, it is crucial for the citizens of Mexico to stay informed and engaged, ensuring that power is balanced and that democracy remains strong. The outcome of this election will undoubtedly shape the future of the nation, and it is up to all of us to contribute to a fair and transparent political process.

 

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