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Mexico won’t kick out Spanish-born pop singer Belinda

September 24, 2018

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and pop singer Belinda acknowledge the crowd during his closing campaign rally at Azteca stadium in Mexico City. Authorities in Mexico say pop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in the country’s politics because she’s a Spanish citizen and campaigned for Lopez Obrador. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Spanish-born pop singer Belinda won’t be kicked out of Mexico for getting involved in politics.

Last week a court ruled Belinda apparently violated Article 33 of the constitution, which says “foreigners may not in any way become involved in the political affairs of the country.” The executive branch can expel foreigners for that.

The court didn’t sanction the singer, but asked the Interior Department “to determine further actions in accordance with the law.”

But Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete posted a Twitter photo of himself Monday greeting Belinda at his offices.

Navarette says he “told her that Article 33 wouldn’t be applied in her case. It is used for other types of circumstances.”

During this year’s campaigns, Belinda Peregrin Schull distributed articles with emblems referring to President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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