Weekly Report - 09 November 2023 (WR-23-45)

MEXICO: Judicial independence in the firing line?

Arturo Zaldívar, who served as president of Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) from 2019-2023, has resigned as an SCJN justice. Coming just over a year before the end of his 15-year term in December 2024, Zaldívar’s resignation has drawn criticism from the political opposition, who state it is designed to allow President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to appoint another ally to the SCJN, sparking concerns over the independence of the court. The resignation comes amid wider threats to the judiciary, as the judicial bodies are set to undergo budget cuts next year and the government prepares another attempt at judicial reform.

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