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Did AMLO change his mind?

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
05/02/2018
09:46
Mexico City
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Did AMLO change his mind?

It seems the new international airport of Mexico City will be one of the core topics of the debate between the candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade, and the candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Since the construction of this multimillion project began – the most important project of the Peña Nieto administration – AMLO has spoken against it and vowed to cancel the project if he became President. He proposed instead to leave the current airport operating and to enable the military base of Santa Lucía as a secondary airport.

Our sources say that national and international consultants have met with the team of Mr. Andrés and that they have explained to him that his idea of having two airports is technically not feasible and that the costs for Mexico for cancelling the project would be very high, as not only will hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, but it will also have a negative impact on the development of the region and the international image of Mexico. Moreover, the team of the PRI candidate has noted as of late that López Obrador has dropped the subject of the airport and now José Antonio – who claims it's impossible not to continue the project – has challenged him to define his stand on this matter. Has AMLO changed his mind about the new airport?

Blue blood on Anaya

The new corruption accusations against the aspiring presidential candidate of the coalition PAN-PRD-MC, Ricardo Anaya, have caused “blue blood” to be spilled in social networks. The Senator of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), Ernesto Cordero, said on his Twitter account: “The accusations of money laundering against Ricardo Anaya are very serious. Authorities should investigate.” Meanwhile, former Mexican President Felipe Calderón – through the same network – accused Anaya of faking legal proceedings and creating false individuals and legal entities to become the owner of lands that belong to the people of Querétaro. Mr. Ricardo, as usual, claims this is a smear campaign and has accused the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of being the ones behind all this. Will this strategy keep working for Anaya?

Corral can finally focus on security

Now that the conflict between the Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral and the Federal Government has come to an end, Corral has run out of excuses too. Mr. Javier will have to use his time to address the most important matters of his state. Once the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete, offered the Governor of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) an open, honest, and direct opportunity for dialogue, and after both parties agreed on mutual commitments, Corral will have to address the main demand of the people of Chihuahua, which is to put a stop to violence and impunity, and keep fighting crime.

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