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Mexico president-elect minimizes criticism of lavish wedding

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at a rally commemorating the 50th anniversary of a bloody reprisal against students, at the Tlatelolco Plaza in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Lopez Obrador vowed Saturday to never use military force against civilians. Troops fired on a peaceful demonstration at the plaza on Oct. 2, 1968, killing as many as 300 people at a time when leftist student movements were taking root throughout Latin America. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president-elect is pushing back at criticism over the lavish wedding of one of his closest advisers.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the wedding was not a government event but rather a private, social one.

Cesar Yanez has worked with Lopez Obrador for more than 20 years. His wedding to Dulce Silva, from a wealthy business family, recently landed on the cover of society magazine Hola! Lopez Obrador also attended and his photograph made the magazine.

The criticism came because the famously ascetic president-elect has prescribed a policy of government austerity for Mexico after he takes office Dec. 1.

Lopez Obrador said Thursday that his opponents “are looking for any possible mistake to criticize us.”

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