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López Obrador proposes to review airport project in Mexico

Lopez, known by his acronym AMLO, has said that the "pharaonic" work of the airport is plagued with corruption.


Reuters Mexico
Updated: 24-03-2018 09:37 IST
López Obrador proposes to review airport project in Mexico

Lopez, known by his acronym AMLO, has said that the "pharaonic" work of the airport is plagued with corruption.(Image credit: You tube)

Mexico's presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, suggested on Friday to convene a group of experts to evaluate the multimillion-dollar construction of Mexico City's new airport, which has threatened with paralysis because it is plagued by corruption.

The leftist leader, who will compete for the third time in a row for the presidency, has reiterated that he will cancel the project - about 13.3 billion dollars - to build two new runways in a military terminal near the capital.

Lopez had said on Thursday that his team is preparing legal measures to prevent the government from submitting more contracts for the construction of the new terminal, which, he says, is sinking because it is sitting on inconvenient terrain, which has cost him the severe criticism of businessmen and officials.

"We are going to review the project technically without scaring anyone. Propose you five technicians, five government technicians and five technicians from us: 15, and from today and review and in all honesty if appropriate (or) does not proceed (the project), "said the candidate at an event before businessmen of the construction in the city of Guadalajara.

Lopez, known by his acronym AMLO, has said that the "pharaonic" work of the airport is plagued with corruption.

"We would not do anything by force (...) We will act within the framework of legality, there will be no authoritarian, arbitrary act. We are Democrats, "said the candidate, whom his political enemies often compare with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, his successor Nicolás Maduro and the socialist model of Venezuela, which is mired in a crisis.

Besides wanting to stop that work, which according to him will not affect those who have financed it, Lopez has said he will review the more than 91 contracts delivered to investors in several tenders for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the framework of the energy reform.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Thursday that repealing that reform would lead to the cancellation of large investments, alluding to Lopez's statements.

"They are trying to scare Mexicans by talking about economic and financial uncertainty," López said in a video released Friday morning. (Report by Daina Solomon in Guadalajara and Ana Isabel Martínez in Mexico City)

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