AMLO’s Move to Scrap an Airport Raises Fears of a Return to Mexico’s Statist Past

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks to reporters after casting his vote on whether to continue with the $13 billion airport in Mexico City, Oct. 24, 2018 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).
Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks to reporters after casting his vote on whether to continue with the $13 billion airport in Mexico City, Oct. 24, 2018 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).
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MEXICO CITY—Last week, the spokesperson for Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced the cancellation of a lavish new airport in Mexico City, a $13.3 billion project that was already under construction. The decision came after an informal four-day referendum in which 70 percent of voters backed scrapping the project. “The decision taken by the citizens is democratic, rational and efficient,” Lopez Obrador said. “The people decided.” Yet it hardly reflected the full Mexican electorate, as less than 2 percent of Mexico’s eligible voters participated in the ballot, which Lopez Obrador’s own party and its allies had organized. The announcement […]

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