"Mexico Senate Passes Energy Bill; Leftists Seek To Derail"

"Mexico's Senate on Wednesday approved an energy reform to permit the biggest oil industry opening in 75 years, sending it to the lower house where leftists padlocked doors to the chamber to stop lawmakers from debating the bill."

"The reform in the world's No. 10 oil producer, backed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the opposition conservative National Action Party (PAN), was sent to the lower house for debate and final approval.

The government aims to pass the bill this week, but after it arrived in the lower house, leftists occupied the speaker's podium and piled up chairs to block access routes to the chamber and sealed other doors with chains and padlocks."

Miguel Gutierrez and Dave Graham report for Reuters December 11, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Mexico Senate Approves Energy Bill Aimed at Production Boom" (Bloomberg)

"Mexico Lower House Quickly Debates Energy Overhaul" (AP)

Source: Reuters, 12/13/2013