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Mexican Congress rejects increased state control over energy industry

MEXICO CITY—Mexico City Congress inflicted major setback on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador late Sunday in his bid for state control over the country’s energy sector, a priority of his nationalist agenda.

Mexico’s lower house rejected constitutional amendments proposed by Mr López Obrador to give the country’s state-owned electricity company control of the electricity industry in a vote of 275 to 223, short of of the two-thirds majority required to amend the Mexican constitution. All opposition parties voted against the bill, while Mr. López Obrador’s Morena party and two small allies backed it.