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A idiossincrasia latinoamericana não tem limites _________________________________________________ By Cyntia Aurora Barrera Diaz and Lorena Rios January 17, 2020, 1:51 PM GMT-2 Updated on January 17, 2020, 5:51 PM GMT-2 Mexico is considering a lottery to get rid of of the nation’s presidential jet, after a year of failed attempts to sell the aircraft. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said this week that Mexico is flying back the Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner, which has been stored in a California hangar since December 2018, just after he took office, to resume sale efforts. Under the plan, the country would sell 6 million raffle tickets at 500 pesos each ($27). Lopez Obrador has said the plane is a poor use of resources in a country where many live in poverty. “There were two buyers from the U.S. One of them offered $125 million, but we can’t sell it below the valuation from the United Nations,” he said during this morning conference at Mexico City’s National Palace. That bid fell 4% short of the aircraft’s estimated value. The U.N., commissioned by the Mexican government to appraise the presidential plane, put a $130 million tag on the aircraft, considerably below the price paid for it two administrations ago. Lopez Obrador has also talked with the country’s richest man, Carlos Slim, about what to do with the plane. He called upon the business community to help him “repair the damage” of buying the plane in the first place. He is offering to sell shares of the aircraft to a group of twelve Mexican companies, each worth $11 million dollars, but he said it would be a tough sell. He is entertaining other options such as renting it by the hour or exchanging it for medical equipment from the U.S. government. If the president decides on a raffle, he said he’d throw in the cost of maintenance for up to two years in case the winner doesn’t have the funds for upkeep. “Not even the wealthiest, most extravagant people have these kinds of planes,“ Lopez Obrador said. “Not even Barack Obama, with all due respect to the former president.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-17/mexico-s-air-force-one-may-be-given-away-as-a-lottery-prize Mexico Doesn’t Know What to Do With Its Presidential Dreamliner By Cyntia Aurora Barrera Diaz January 14, 2020, 1:57 PM GMT-2 Updated on January 14, 2020, 5:40 PM GMT- A state-of-the-art $130 million presidential Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner is becoming a headache for the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Mexico is flying back the luxurious aircraft from California after failing to sell it for over a year, Lopez Obrador said Tuesday in his daily press conference, adding that they are rethinking options to get rid of the plane that he has deemed as too ostentatious. AMLO, as the Mexican president is known, put the Dreamliner on the block right after his inauguration in December 2018, choosing to fly commercial airlines instead to make a point about his frugal government style. The plane was flown to a Boeing hangar in Victorville, where the government has been paying maintenance and rent fees while trying to sell it. A dozen potential bidders surfaced last year but no deal was closed, Jorge Mendoza, chief executive officer of state bank Banobras, which is overseeing the sale process, said at the same conference. The plane has a market value of $130 million, Mendoza said, down from the $219 million that Mexico agreed to pay when it ordered it in 2012. Lopez Obrador said he even offered the plane to U.S. President Donald Trump and agreed to receive goods in exchange, to no avail. “We give them the plane, they can pay us in kind. We need X-rays, ambulances, tomographs, laboratories,” he said. “We didn’t get an answer.” The government is now open to renting the plane or splitting ownership among 12 holders, AMLO said, urging Mexicans to make offers for the plane and other aircraft, including helicopters and Gulfstreams, that the government is auctioning. In the meantime, the Air Force will keep the Dreamliner in custody. AMLO has repeatedly criticized the purchase of the plane as too lavish for the leader of a country with millions living in poverty. The president, who has yet to make his first international trip as head of state, also recently argued that the aircraft is too big and expensive for his traveling schedule, given that he can reach most locations in Mexico in less than two hours with commercial flights. — With assistance by Lorena Rios, and Andrea Navarro https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-14/mexico-doesn-t-know-what-to-do-with-its-presidential-dreamliner