President Hipolito Mejia proclaimed yesterday that the development of the nation cannot be achieved without a profound transformation of the state. In a message to commemorate the 157th anniversary of the Constitution, he said that the document is the basis for preserving the essential values of society and the fundamental rights of the individual. Over the weekend, the President gave Congress the green light to modify the Constitution. Earlier, he had coordinated an agreement among the three leading parties for the reform of the Constitution stipulating that the congressmen should limit themselves to changes contemplated in the tri-party agreement. An article in Diario Libre speculates that what could have changed the Presidents mind was the fact that congressmen offered to reform the Constitution to allow presidential re-election.