MEXICO CITY – Mexico's Senate has unanimously approved a watered-down version of the militarized National Guard government wants to use to fight a rising wave of crime. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants a force with military discipline.
The senate voted to place the new guard under the civilian public safety department. But members will initially come from federal and military police units and will have joint military-civilian command and training.
passed earlier by the lower house, the bill will apparently have to return to a conference committee. Because it involves constitutional changes, it must still be approved by a majority of state legislatures.