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Lopez Obrador Commits to Unorthodox Vote on $13 Billion Airport

  • Canceling or continuing Mexico City airport still on the table
  • A binding, public consultation will take place in October
Workers pass in front of a terminal under construction at the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM) in Texcoco, Mexico, on April 13, 2018. 

Workers pass in front of a terminal under construction at the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM) in Texcoco, Mexico, on April 13, 2018. 

Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
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Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he’ll abide by the will of voters who will decide for themselves whether to proceed with the construction of a $13 billion Mexico City airport or cancel it altogether.

The two options will be put up for public consultation the last week of October, Lopez Obrador said Friday. Such a vote would be unprecedented, since referendums aren’t described in Mexico’s constitution. And Lopez Obrador won’t even be president until December.