Mexican senator expects open forums on judicial reform to begin next week

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's former Senator Ricardo Monreal, one of the candidates pursuing the ruling MORENA party's candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, takes part in a campaign rally in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Senator Ricardo Monreal expects open discussion forums on a proposed judicial reform to begin next week, local media reports showed on Tuesday, with judges, ministers, lawyers, and bar associations invited to take part.

The lawmaker said the forums could take place through August, before the next Congress, dominated by the ruling Morena party and its allies, begins its legislative period at the beginning of September.

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador proposed a series of constitutional reforms in February, including one which would replace an appointed Supreme Court with popularly elected judges.

While the newly elected Congress will take office in September, President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum will not be inaugurated until a month later, giving Lopez Obrador and lawmakers a window to try to enact his reforms.

(Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez; Editing by Brendan O'Boyle)