Referendum results back Mayan train and social programs

90% of Mexican citizens who participated in the referendum support Andrés Manuel López Obrador's 10 major policy proposals

Referendum results back Mayan train and social programs
The President-elect participated in the referendum - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 26/11/2018 12:22 Newsroom Mexico City Reuters, Misael Zavala Actualizada 12:24
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90% of Mexican citizens who participated in the referendum support Andrés Manuel López Obrador's 10 major policy proposals, ranging from a new rail line connecting states in eastern Mexico and a new oil refinery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Enrique Calderón, the Rosenblueth Foundation president, announced that with 94% of votes counted, they registered a participation of 946,081 Mexicans.

All 10 policy points, including whether to guarantee access to healthcare to residents that currently lack those services, offer training and scholarships to 2.6 million young people, and to double pensions for citizens over 68 years old, received about 90% support or more, according to initial results.

In the case of the Mayan Train, 89.9% voted in favor of the construction of the project, and in regards to the Tehuantepec Isthmus, 90.3% agree. The refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco, was approved by 91.6%. In regards to the planting of fruit trees, 94.7% agrees.

The seniors' pension will increase, as the citizens approved it with 93.3% of the votes. The scholarships for young students were approved as well, with 91.1% of the votes. Disabled people will also receive financial aid after 92.9% of voters approved the proposal. Free medical care and medicines will be guaranteed, as 95.1% of voters support the proposal.

The referendum was MXN $2.4 million, two million ballots were printed, and was paid for by Morena's Senators.

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