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    Mexico's Constitution May Be Changed, Though Not by Current Gov't - President

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has not ruled out that the country's Constitution may be changed, but not by the current government as there are no conditions for that at present.

    "We want a new transformation, and we should have a new Constitution. We think, however, that now there are no conditions for this. We cannot rule out a new Constitution, but this should be left for the future when we pass the baton to new generations so that they could convene a constituent assembly and draft a new Constitution", the president said in a speech broadcast on Periscope.

    The president noted that over the past 102 years, the Constitution has seen 700-900 amendments.

    Lopez Obrador added that his government would focus on promoting reform in three main areas — the fight against corruption, impunity, and defending democracy.

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    The 5th of February marks the 102nd anniversary of the adoption of the current Constitution in Mexico. Lopes Obrador came to the city Santiago de Queretaro to celebrate this event and spoke at Teatro de la Republica, where the Constitution was signed in 1917.

    The statement comes amid a political crisis in Venezuela after the speaker of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president in late January, contesting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's re-election last year. The opposition leader was almost immediately recognised by the United States and several other countries.


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