President AMLO wants to hand over control of the National Guard to a civilian rather than a member of the military.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is requesting a civilian head to lead the new security body, the National Guard.
Responding to popular demand, AMLO changed his initial project for the National Guard, a new security body intended to combat violence in Mexico. However, the training and the structure will be based on a military institution.
"Alfonso Durazo (the secretary of Public Safety and Citizen Protection) says President Andrés Manuel López Obrador respectfully requests the Chamber of Deputies that the command of the National Guard is civil," tweeted Mario Delgado Carrillo, federal lawmaker representing AMLO's Morena party.
During Friday's hearing in the lower chamber, at which Army and Navy commanders were present, Durazo said the president asked to make the necessary changes so that the head of the organization could be a civilian and not a military person.
"(AMLO) conveys through my channel the need to rethink the terms of the original design proposed for the National Guard, through the constitutional amendments that this Chamber of Lawmakers deems pertinent," Durazo said.
Originally, the plan was that the National Guard would comprise agents of the Army, Navy and Federal Police under military control via the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena).
AMLO said the National Guard is needed "to guarantee public safety," because until now the special operations of the Army and Navy were aimed at confronting organized crime "and did not protect the citizen."