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Mexico referendum nixes partly built USD 13 billion airport

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Voters in Mexico have rejected completion of partly built new airport for Mexico City, opposing it by a 70 to 29 per cent margin.
It's unclear if the unofficial referendum backed by Mexico's president-elect will effectively end the USD 13 billion project, which is already about one-third built.
The organisers of the referendum reported late Sunday that just over 1 million people participated in the referendum.
That's about one out of every 90 registered Mexican voters.
President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had pledged during his campaign to cancel the project, claiming it was marred by overspending and corruption.
He instead has favoured converting a military air base about 28 miles (45 kilometers) away.
Lopez Obrador has since softened his stance, and could buck the referendum.

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First Published: Oct 29 2018 | 9:15 PM IST

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