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Mexico’s new leftist leader puts presidential plane up for sale

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Mexican Air Force Presidential Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner | REUTERS

The big, luxurious airplane used to ferry Mexico‘s former president around the globe is about to fly away permanently in one of the first moves by new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to rid the country of what he has derided as a towering symbol of excess.

Photographers and camera crews were ushered into the aircraft to see for themselves the spacious interior emblazoned with official government seals on the walls and flat-screen monitors, as well as the presidential bedroom and what appeared to be a marble-lined bathroom.

The $218 million presidential jet acquired in late 2012 is one of 60 government planes that will be sold, in addition to 70 helicopters.

It will be flown on Monday (December 03) to the Victorville airport in southern California at Boeing’s recommendation as it awaits a new owner, according to a statement by the finance ministry.

The veteran leftist won a landslide election victory in large part by seizing on wide-spread disgust with Mexico‘s governing elite, viewed by many as out-of-touch and deeply corrupt. — Reuters

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Migrants run toward U.S. border prior to tear gas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Migrants running towards the border in Tijuana | Yael Weiss via REUTERS

A video posted to social media shows migrants running towards the U.S. border before tear gas was reportedly thrown towards migrants on Sunday (November 25).

Yael Weiss, who filmed the video, told Reuters she took the video from the bridge and later witnessed the caravan breaking through the police barrier.

U.S. authorities shot tear gas canisters toward migrants in Mexico on Sunday near the border crossing separating the Mexican city of Tijuana from San Diego, California, after some of them attempted to cross into the United States. — Reuters

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Mexico’s frugal president-elect stuck for hours on commercial flight

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018

 

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sitting in a seat on a commercial flight that has been delayed due to weather in Mexico | REUTERS

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to sell the presidential jet and fly commercial after taking power, was stuck on the tarmac for several hours after bad weather closed the capital’s airport.

Bad weather in Mexico City, which is in its rainy season, temporarily closed the airport on Wednesday (September 19), creating chaos and delay for hundreds of passengers.

The president-elect, who won a landslide victory in July, has vowed to run an austere government. He has promised to turn the presidential palace into a cultural center and sell the presidential plane.

“I’m not going to change my mind because of this, I won’t get on the presidential plane,” Lopez Obrador said while stuck on the commercial jet, videos on local media showed.

Local media reported that Lopez Obrador’s flight from the beach resort of Huatulco on the Pacific coast was delayed by around four hours, including three with the passengers already on board.

Construction of a new $13 billion airport for Mexico City to replace the current one, which is often crowded and has no room to expand, is underway. But Lopez Obrador has been skeptical of the project and his team has proposed an alternative plan to build two new runways at a military airbase near the capital and maintain the current airport.

There will be a public consultation in October on the project’s future. — Reuters

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Mass graves with 166 bodies found in eastern Mexico

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018

 

Forensics at crime scene | REUTERS

The bodies of 166 people have been found in the Mexican state of Veracruz, prosecutors said on Thursday (September 06), the latest in a string of grim discoveries made in the eastern region in recent years.

State attorney general Jorge Winckler told a news conference that investigators discovered the bodies in 32 graves in the central part of the state after an Aug. 8 tip from an unidentified person that they had been dumped there.

Veracruz has long been wracked by violent crime and is an important trafficking route for drug gangs moving narcotics north towards the U.S. border.

Winckler did not reveal the precise location of the graves.

Analysis of the remains indicated the bodies had probably not been there for more than two years, he said.

In March 2017, Winckler announced the discovery of more than 250 skulls in unmarked graves in the state. — Reuters

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