Saturday, 18 Aug 2018
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Mexico President Elect Defends Earthquake Fund

MEXICO CITY – Elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that a fund was founded by his party support of those who were affected by the earthquake last September was overboard and all transfers documented ,

Mexico's electoral authority imposed a $ 10 million fine on the party this week, suggesting that it may have been a means of handing over money to potential voters.

Lopez Obrador told a press conference that his Morena party was going to fight the "unfair" fine, accusing his party of being targeted by those who want no change.

"There was no redirection," he said. "The money was not used to ask people to vote for Morena."

He said the fund raised more than $ 4.4 million and helped 28,000 people affected by the earthquake, each receiving about $ 125.

but he wants to achieve its commitment to distribute more than $ 5.4 million before the anniversary of the September 19 earthquake.

Lopez Obrador also said he will not attend the summit of the Pacific Alliance in Puerto Vallarta next week. He was invited by current President Enrique Pena Nieto, but said the electoral authority had not yet confirmed his landslide victory on July 1, so he could not officially attend the official event.

He said Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland plans to meet with him on Wednesday in Mexico City. Last week, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and White House Adviser Jared Kushner were part of a US delegation meeting with the designated president to take office on December 1.

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