Amlo promises to 'purify public life' as he assumes Mexican presidency

Amlo promises to 'purify public life' as he assumes Mexican presidency

'Revenge is not my strong suit' - Mexico gets first leftist leader in over 70 years

The leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was sworn in this Saturday as president of Mexico, said in his first address to the nation after his inauguration that during his term in office (2018-2024) he will fight against both public and private corruption.

Mexicans are getting more than just a new president.

The plan requires a constitutional reform that would allow the marines and Army to form a National Guard to police much of the country.

Speaking before rows of generals at a sun-drenched military installation in one of Mexico City's toniest neighborhoods, Lopez Obrador said the retooling of the military is "indispensable" to tackle the daunting task of making Mexico safer. Mexico's Supreme Court last month struck down a controversial law signed previous year that created a similar legal framework, ruling the measure was an unconstitutional attempt to normalize the use of the armed forces in public safety.

For the past 12 years, the Mexican state has fought violent drug gangs by deploying thousands of police, soldiers and intelligence officers to crack down on cartels and their leaders.

A second phase will add additional military forces to the effort.

On December 1, Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency of Mexico after has crushing victory in the July 1 election in which he won 53 per cent of the vote.

"We are going to raise attention to the political costs of the democratic abuses, and that is where we are going to be able to achieve some concessions", said Madero, whose great-uncle was a martyred Mexican president who Lopez Obrador admires and mentions nearly daily. The peso and Mexican stocks plunged in response. But Lopez Obrador has brought back a more insular tone not heard much since the 1960s, saying he wants to build more state-owned oil refineries and encouraging Mexicans to buy Mexican.

Among them was retired secretary Gabriela Barrientos, a Lopez Obrador supporter.

Mexico's new president has unveiled a plan to address USA -bound migration, signing an agreement with Central American leaders within hours of donning the presidential sash.

In his first official act in office, he signed an agreement on Saturday with counterparts in three Central American countries to create a development plan for the region.

Yesterday, Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's foreign minister, met Mike Pompeo, his USA counterpart, and today a Mexican delegation will meet a team led by Kirstjen Nielsen, the United States homeland security secretary, to discuss the migrant caravans, and plans to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for their applications to be heard.

The Boeing 787-8's last mission took outgoing president Enrique Pena Nieto to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week. The finished plane was delivered in February 2016.

New Finance Minister Carlos Urzua said Sunday that Mexico will also sell 60 smaller planes and 70 helicopters now in use by the federal government.

"They [state and municipal police] are nearly not working, to say it with diplomacy. they are not fulfilling their responsibility", Lopez Obrador said in August.

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