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World Mexican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to end presidential immunity

03:15  30 october  2019
03:15  30 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her The won <=KRW> was forecast to lose further ground against the dollar on Monday. Presidential immunity - for now.

While lawmakers have voted to impeach a president before, the measure was thrown out by a court. No South Korean president has failed to serve If the court removes her, then an early presidential election will take place within 60 days after she is forced from office. Violet Kim contributed to this story.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office as Mexican president © Reuters/Henry Romero FILE PHOTO: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office as Mexican president

A proposal to allow for the prosecution of Mexican presidents for a wide range of crimes overwhelmingly passed the lower house of Congress on Tuesday, giving the proposal backed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador a shot of momentum.

Under current law, presidents can only be prosecuted for treason.

If ratified by the Mexican Senate and then passed by a majority of state legislatures, the proposal would reform the country's constitution to allow presidents to be charged for crimes including corruption and organized crime.

Lawmakers in the lower house approved the proposal on a vote of 420 to 29, and it now moves to the Senate.

Lopez Obrador, who took office late last year, has made rooting out corruption a signature issue. His MORENA party and its allies control Congress.

Constitutional amendments in Mexico require two-thirds support in both chambers of Congress, as well as ratification in a majority of Mexico's state legislatures.

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