Mexico: Mexicans seek referendum on trying ex-presidents for graft

Mexican activists have begun gathering signatures for a referendum on charging former presidents with graft, heeding calls by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who on Tuesday said he would respect the outcome of a public vote on the issue.

While Lopez Obrador has said he does not favor bringing former presidents to trial, he has repeatedly called for the public to decide on the issue.

“I would vote to not put them on trial,” he said in an annual state of the nation speech on Tuesday. “However, if a (public) consultation takes place, I will respect the popular decision.”

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