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Mexican president signs telecom reform measure

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Mexico City, Jun 11 (EFE).- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a constitutional reform measure aimed at promoting competition in the telecommunications industry and strengthening freedom of expression and other rights.

The reform package was introduced in Congress on March 11 and approved on April 30, but it required ratification by the majority of the state legislatures before being enacted.

The measure "gives the Mexican state increased capabilities for ensuring economic competition in all sectors and especially in telecommunications and radio broadcasting," Peña Nieto said.

The signing ceremony was attended by opposition political leaders, bolstering the Pact for Mexico, an agreement between the administration and opposition parties aimed at laying the foundation for the reforms Peña Nieto signed into law on Monday.

"Thanks to the Pact for Mexico, our country is showing that it is capable of transforming itself democratically, that plurality is not a barrier to building far-reaching agreements," Peña Nieto said.

The constitutional reforms covering the telecom industry expand the right to freedom of expression and guarantee competition and access to telecommunications as "public services of a general interest," Peña Nieto said.

The administration plans to submit energy and tax reform packages to Congress in the next few months.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130611/mexican-president-signs-telecom-reform-measure