Proyecto Santa Lucía de AMLO se im­pone en ref­er­en­dum

Mex­ico pres­i­dent-elect halts partly built air­port

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -

Se en­frenta­ban dos proyec­tos, Tex­coco y Santa Lucía. El primero, plan estrella del go­bierno del pres­i­dente En­rique Peña Ni­eto. El se­gundo, la op­ción del pres­i­dente electo, An­drés Manuel López Obrador, quien asumirá el próx­imo 1 de di­ciem­bre.

Fue la op­ción de Santa Lucía la que se im­puso en la con­sulta "Méx­ico De­cide", un in­édito ejer­ci­cio de par­tic­i­pación ciu­dadana so­bre el nuevo aerop­uerto in­ter­na­cional de Méx­ico.

Los mex­i­canos que par­tic­i­paron en la con­sulta, re­al­izada en­tre el 25 y el 28 de oc­tubre, rec­haz­aron con­tin­uar con las obras del nuevo aerop­uerto en Tex­coco, en el Es­tado de Méx­ico, y apo­yaron el plan de López Obrador de am­pliar la Base Aérea Mil­i­tar de Santa Lucía, situ­ada tam­bién en esa en­ti­dad.

Este plan ob­tuvo el 69,95% de los vo­tos de las 1.067.859 per­sonas que par­tic­i­paron en la con­sulta.

ENGLISH

Con­struc­tion of a par­tially built new air­port for Mex­ico City is to be halted af­ter it was re­jected in a ref­er­en­dum, Pres­i­dent-elect An­drés Manuel López Obrador has said.

Mr López Obrador, who takes of­fice in De­cem­ber, said money would be used in­stead to im­prove ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

He has been a strong critic of the project which he says is bad for the en­vi­ron­ment and tainted by cor­rup­tion.

The ref­er­en­dum was one of Mr López Obrador's cam­paign promises.

About one mil­lion peo­ple took part in the vote over four days, about 1% of the elec­torate, and crit­ics have al­leged cases of peo­ple cast­ing mul­ti­ple bal­lots.

The es­ti­mated cost of the new air­port at Tex­coco, north-east of the cap­i­tal, has been put at more than $13bn.

The gov­ern­ment of out­go­ing Pres­i­dent En­rique Peña Ni­eto says it would cre­ate up to 450,000 jobs and busi­ness lead­ers have in­sisted the new fa­cil­ity is needed to ease traf­fic at Mex­ico City's age­ing main air­port.

But Mr López Obrador said that the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional air­port would in­stead be up­graded and two run­ways would be added at a mil­i­tary air­field south of the city.

It is un­clear what will hap­pen to the site at Tex­coco where the foun­da­tions for the air­port have al­ready been built.

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