Mexico to Hold Referendum on Accountability of Ex-Presidents

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Ballots this weekend in their first ever national referendum. But as James Fredrick reports from Mexico City, it's not clear what or even if the balloting will mean anything. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has framed the referendum as an opportunity for citizens to vote yes or no for his administration to investigate and possibly prosecute former presidents. One ad shows mug shot style photos of the ex presidents and says Vote yes for justice. But after Supreme Court revisions, the ballots no longer mentioned former presidents and instead ask about quote actions to shed light on past political decisions. This vagueness likely gives the president the final word on what the referendum actually means. But it may not matter. The referendum is only valid of 40% of registered voters submit a ballot. Election watchers say that will be a tough mark to hit for NPR news. I'm James

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