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Mexico’s ruling Morena party and its allies secured a super-majority in the lower house of parliament but not the upper house in elections earlier this month, according to party officials, a result that leaves the leftist group short of the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution, Reuters reported Monday.

Preliminary results of the June 2 elections showed Morena’s coalition – which includes the Green Party and Labor Party – winning 372 seats in the 500-seat lower house. However, the political union only secured 83 seats in the 128-seat Senate, just shy of the 85-seat super-majority threshold.

Despite the outcome, Morena party President Mario Delgado welcomed the results, saying the coalition “will deepen the transformation to keep building a country with well-being and shared prosperity.”

The announcement comes a week after the elections saw Morena candidate Claudia Sheinbaum win Mexico’s presidency by a landslide and become the country’s first female president.

Even so, uncertainty about the next legislature – set to take office in September – rattled markets last week.

Both outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his successor Sheinbaum support major constitutional reforms, including abolishing independent energy regulators, centralizing power within the executive branch, and restructuring the judiciary to have supreme court judges elected by popular vote.

Meanwhile, the country is also grappling with a wave of election violence that has claimed the lives of dozens of political candidates, according to CBS News.

On Friday, councilwoman Esmeralda Garzon was gunned down in the southern state of Guerrero, the second female politician to be killed after Sheinbaum’s victory.

Garzon’s death comes days after Yolanda Sánchez Figueroa, a mayor of the western town of Cotija, and her bodyguard were murdered outside of a gym.

According to official statistics, at least 23 political candidates were killed while campaigning before the elections, making it the most violent election in modern Mexican history.

However, non-governmental organizations reported even higher numbers, with at least 30 candidates killed. The number of victims tops 50 people when relatives and others are counted, observers noted.

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