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Mexico Senate approves political reform bill

Friday - 12/13/2013, 11:30pm  ET

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Senate has passed the most dramatic political reform attempt in decades that would allow re-election of public officials, create new election oversight and make the Attorney General's office independent from the executive.

The final step for the political reform, which was approved by the lower house of Congress earlier this week, is approval by 17 of Mexico's 31 states.

The reform would relax Mexico's ironclad ban on the re-election of public officials, allowing them to run for office again and remain in the post for up to 12 years. It also would allow independent candidates to run for public offices.

The political reform still limits presidents to a single, six-year term.

The Senate voted on Friday.

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