November 16, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Election runner-up again a candidate

 

Mexico City – The charismatic and combative leftist who paralyzed the streets of Mexico City after narrowly losing the country’s last presidential election will make another run next year after winning an opinion poll released by his party on Tuesday.

A hugely popular candidate in 2006, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador now is seen as a long shot to stop Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, from regaining the presidency in 2012.

Enrique Pena Nieto, the telegenic leading candidate for the PRI, is far ahead of his potential rivals, topping Lopez Obrador by 23 points in an October poll.

Move ahead on pipeline, premier says

Toronto – Alberta’s premier said the U.S. should speed up a decision after the Canadian pipeline developer agreed to shift the route of its planned Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline out of an environmentally sensitive area of Nebraska.

Premier Alison Redford said there now appears to be no reason to delay the Keystone XL pipeline.

“If that was the issue that was of concern, does this now give us the opportunity to expedite the process? And I hope the answer is yes,” she said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Last week, the U.S. government delayed a decision on a federal permit for the project until it studies new potential routes that avoid Nebraska’s Sandhills area and the Ogallala aquifer.


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