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Mexico: referendum about the airport of the Capital at the end of October

Announced after the delivery of the technical report to the new president

In the last week of October the Mexican referendum should be held to decide whether or not to approve the construction of the new "fharaonic" Mexico City airport. A decision taken and announced to the press directly by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador after the receiving of the technical report with an appraisal of the project. He respected the expected commitment during the election campaign.

Obrador is among the many who oppose the construction of the airport designed by the architect Norman Foster and that will cost about 13 billion dollars to the Mexican State, while if the project was to be blocked the penalties would amount to about 5.2 bn. An estimate that had been made by the new minister of Telecommunications and Transport Javier Jimenez in the aftermath of the election of the new head of State in early July.

The work that led to the technical expertise was attended by the men of the current administration together with those of the outgoing Government of Pena Nieto promotors of the project-, in order to give an assessment as objective as possible and to provide an analysis of the relationship cost-benefit accurate. The last word will soon be up to the Mexicans.

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