Puebla Votes to Maintain Utility Privatization; Winner of SOAPAP Tender Announced

22 Apr 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
PUEBLA, Mexico

The town council for the city of Puebla, the capital of Mexico's Puebla state, has voted down an initiative that would have reversed privatization of water services in the city and return them to the municipality.The initiative was put forward by members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and was defeated by a vote of 18-7 after a “heated” discussion in an extraordinary session of the council, La Jornada reported last week.Last September, the state government approved changes to the water act, including allowing utilities to be concessioned to the private sector. Shortly after that vote, Puebla's city council also voted to privatize the city's financially troubled water utility, SOAPAP...

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