Mexico’s Obrador Threatens Probes If Airport Isn’t Halted in July

April 19, 2018

Mexico’s left-wing front-runner wants a $13 billion airport project halted immediately should he win election in July, threatening officials with legal action if they wait until he assumes power in December, according to his pick for transportation minister.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to suspend the project in July to allow for the incoming administration to carry out audits on the airport’s construction and finances, said Javier Jimenez Espriu. Moreover, contractors can’t expect cancellation fees if the project is scuttled.

"If we aren’t allowed to do this during the transition because they say they’re still in government and don’t allow it, we won’t start a war. Do what you please, but assume responsibility," Jimenez Espriu said in an interview in Mexico City. "On the first of December, we’ll open a complaint into those who may be found responsible."

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