Another country buys presidential jet from Mexico

The Mexican government says Air Force One has been sold to Tajikistan, ending the latest chapter in a political saga that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has repeatedly used to attack the extravagance of his predecessors.

López Obrador announced in a tweet on Twitter that the agreed price for the sale of the aircraft, which is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and was used by his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto, although he never used it, was around 1.66 billion pesos. , or about $92 million.

In a video attached to the post, he said the sale showed how Mexican politics had changed under his leadership, adding: “It’s important for everyone to know how people used to think and how the authorities acted.”

More details about the plane’s sale to Tajikistan will be revealed next week, including what the president called the plane’s exorbitant maintenance costs.

The president, who has criticized the corruption of political elites for decades, has previously said he hopes to sell the plane for at least $150 million, up from the original purchase price of $218 million in 2012.

Shortly after López Obrador took office in late 2018, he announced plans to sell the plane, which was encrusted with marble and adorned with official government seals on the walls, as well as several flat screens.

The president, who travels commercially, said the proceeds from the sale would be used to build two 80-bed public hospitals in the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, two of the country’s poorest areas.

Source: Reuters.

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