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Mexican lawmakers bar Fox from travel abroad

[JURIST] Mexican legislators in the Cámara de Diputados [official website, in Spanish], the lower house of parliament, voted Tuesday to prohibit Mexican President Vicente Fox [official profile] from traveling to Australia and Vietnam later this month, citing domestic concerns, including the ongoing conflict in Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico, and small explosions in the nation's capital allegedly planted by guerilla groups on Monday. While the Mexican Senate [official website] approved the trip, Mexican law dictates that either house of Congress can vote to restrict the president's foreign travel. Fox responded by denouncing the prohibition as "partisan" and specifically criticizing Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) [official website, in Spanish] and Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) [official website, in Spanish].

The same house of Congress blocked Fox from traveling to the US and Canada in April 2002. AP has more.

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