Will a ‘dry law’ be implemented this weekend in time for a national referendum?

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Yucatán’s state government has clarified that no dry law will be in effect this weekend, but this may not be the case in all states. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Uncertainty surrounds whether or not a “dry law” will be in effect Sunday when people across Mexico head to the polls.

The prohibition of liquor sales is established in the Mexican constitution as a measure to try to maintain order during all elections.

According to Yucatán’s state government, liquor sales will continue normally, as this is technically not an election but rather a referendum. 

This, however, will not be the case in Nayarit, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Tabasco and Mexico City. 

A sign at a convenience store in Mexico City advised customers of the upcoming ban on liquor sales on April 9 and 10. Photo: Courtesy

But dry laws in Mexico have also been controversially implemented as a public health measure, especially over the past couple of years. 

Earlier: What Mexico’s upcoming presidential referendum actually means

The upcoming vote, called for by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is a referendum on whether or not he should be permitted to continue his constitutional term until its expiry in 2024. 

The president is expected to win the referendum by a landslide, as few people, save his most ardent supporters seem to be taking it seriously.

“This is just stupid, as a country we are spending 500 million pesos to stroke the ego of the president, and in the middle of a recession,” Edwin Tzuc said on Facebook. 

As a result, turnout at the referendum is expected to be low.

The referendum scheduled for April 10 has been called a farce by Mexico’s opposition as it’s not legally binding and has no precedent in the nation’s history.

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