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>> Construction work on a futuristic new Mexico City airport in full swing this week, even after the countries incoming President said he was canceling the $13 billion project. The decision was announced Monday following the results of a referendum. Around 750,000 Mexican's voted against it. But that's less than 1% of the electorate, putting the credibility of the vote in question.
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Reuters' correspondent Daina Beth Solomon is at the airport construction site.>> The next president, Lopez Obrador, has said this project has been tainted by corruption. And it will be hard to maintain, because it's being built over a former lake. But today construction has not stopped. There are cranes high over this construction site where the new terminal would be.
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There are trucks carrying away piles of heavy basalt rock. There are people hammering the new control tower into place. And they say they're not going to stop unless they hear otherwise.>>
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> Lopez Obrador also known as AMLO won in a landslide victory in July. The decision to scrap the multi-billion dollar airport has pitched him against the outgoing government of Enrique Pena Nieto.
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Who has vowed to continue the construction until November 30th, the last day of his administration. Pena Nieto claims the project, which is a third finished, has created 48,000 jobs since it launched in 2015, and was expected to generate even more by its completion. But now the livelihoods of workers are at stake in a political tug of war.
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>> Some workers told me they're really concerned, because this is their main source of income and they were coming right up against the Christmas holidays. They're worried about all of the uncertainty, and that's a project that was already fully approved to now come to a screeching halt.>> So what's the alternative?
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Lopez Obrador aims to upgrade a military base north of Mexico City, for commercial use. Giving it two new runways, while also modernizing the existing airport.