Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Radio Turquesa


The results of a nonbinding referendum held last week and organized by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) National Regeneration Movement (Morena) were released on Monday, Nov. 26, providing Mexico’s future head of state a resounding “go-ahead” on all issues covered.

The referendum asked voters to express their views on a series of 10 key development projects across the nation.

AMLO is due to take office on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Despite criticism of a low voter turnout (less than 1.5 percent of registered Mexican voters) for the plebiscite, as well as allegations that the questions were poorly worded and lacked adequate background information, nearly every proposed project got a 90 percent or better favorable response.

A scheme to develop a Maya Train that would connect tourists to a variety of resort, archeological and historic sites in the Yucatan Peninsula received the lowest approval rating at 88.9 percent.

There has been some concern among environmentalist that the proposed train could endanger the Yucatan’s delicate ecosystems, but AMLO assured the Mexican public that every measure would be taken to protect the natural flora and fauna of the region.

Also “approved” by voters in last week’s referendum were plans to build a new oil refinery (Mexico is a net importer of gasoline, although it is a major exporter of crude oil), create a railroad linking Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts, plant 1 million trees, provide free internet, improve access to health care, increase scholarships for high school and university students, and raise pensions for the elderly.


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