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Weekly Report - 28 February 2019 (WR-19-08)

MEXICO: Direct politics faces another challenge

“We knew that the communities not directly affected would support it… we knew this would be a farce.” This was the reaction by civil society groups opposed to a new thermoelectric plant located in Mexico’s central state of Morelos to the result of the public consultation on the project staged by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Those opposed to the project complain that the consultation was just another example of the López Obrador administration manipulating a direct popular participation exercise to show that there is public support for its position. But the opponents of the project are not taking this lying down and have filed legal challenges against the consultation, which could deliver a significant blow to López Obrador’s political strategy.

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