Mexican president accepts end to 'pocket veto'

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Posted: Aug 16, 2011 4:34 PM
Mexican president accepts end to 'pocket veto'

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has signed into law a constitutional change eliminating the "pocket veto," a measure that formerly allowed presidents to kill legislation by refusing to sign it.

The old system let a Mexican president kill a bill by simply ignoring it.

Now the president will have 30 days to either approve a bill or return it to Congress for reconsideration, which is Mexico's equivalent of a veto. Legislation will automatically be considered to be enacted as law if the president fails to act within 30 days.

A Tuesday statement from Calderon's office says the change will strengthen democracy and cooperation between the branches of government.