Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 8, 2021 / 15:01 pm
The Mexican bishops’ conference on Monday asked the political forces in the country to respect the results of Sunday’s elections and encouraged the resumption of dialogue to find a common path “beyond partisan differences."
In a June 7 statement the bishops of Mexico praised citizens for their participation but lamented the violence that took place around the elections.
"We note that this has been a political process marked by a great deal of violence, and so we lift up our prayers for those who have taken up the vocation to politics and held up dreams for a better Mexico and have been attacked or lost their lives,” the bishops said.
During the 2021 election cycle, 91 politicians were killed and almost 700 candidates were attacked.
"We ask everyone, the political forces, elected officials and members of civil society, to respect the results of the electoral process as expressed by the vote, to resume dialogue and to find a common path beyond partisan differences,” the Mexican bishops urged.
Mexico held legislative, gubernatorial, and local elections June 6.
El País reported that Juntos Hacemos Historia, an alliance of the National Regeneration Movement, the Labor Party, and the Ecologist Green Party, held on to a simple majority in the Congress of Deputies, but did not obtain the supermajority required to pass certain legislation.
According to preliminary instant results from the National Electoral Institute, the ruling National Regeneration Movement, which currently holds 256 seats, will have between 190 and 203 seats, which means it will no longer have the required supermajority to pass constitutional reforms in Congress which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wanted.