The New President Of Mexico Vows To Put An End To The Greedy Elite
By Reuters 2 hours ago
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The veteran leftist politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in as president of Mexico on Saturday, pledging to end a "greedy" elite in a country battling corruption, chronic poverty and gang violence.
Lopez Obrador, 65, was sworn in at the lower house of Congress, pledging to give Mexico back to end what he called a disastrous legacy of decades-old neoliberal regimes.
"The government will no longer be a service to a greedy minority," he said.
He added that the government would not help facilitate "looting" as it was before.
In a sign of change, the presidential palace opened to public visitors on Saturday.
One of the biggest challenges facing Lopez Obrador is managing relations with the United States, Mexico's biggest trading partner, after President Donald Trump's repeated criticism of Mexico for illegal immigrants crossing the border into the United States.
Lopez Obrador said he sought to contain immigration through an agreement with Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on promoting development in Central America and Mexico.
The first left-leaning president in Mexico for nearly 30 years has tried to reassure the business sector after market declines since the election on July 1 due to concerns over his policies, including the sudden cancellation of a new airport in Mexico City at a cost of $ 13 billion.
Lopez Obrador confirmed that the investments in his country would be safe and pledged to respect the independence of the central bank. He promised not to increase public debt or taxes by saving money and halting the losses caused by corruption to the public treasury. He promised to raise salaries for the poor and not tolerate at all corruption in his administration.
He said Trump had treated him respectfully since the elections on July 1, and Mike Bens, Vice President and Ivanka Trump, Trump's daughter, thanked him for attending his inauguration.
The new Mexican president said security would be his top priority.
Hundreds of Mexicans lined up before Lopez Obrador was sworn in to be among the first to take a look at Los Pinos, the private headquarters of presidents over the past eight decades.
Mario Luzano, 47, a salesman from a poor residential area around Mexico City, said he felt like entering the French Palace of Kings after the revolution.
"As if I were entering the Palace of Versailles. I imagine the French people as they enter there. It is sad to see luxury compared to misery. "
Families walked around the gardens and walked through the corridors to see offices and rooms and listen to the bands that were invited from across the country. A woman was playing a large piano in a reception room.
Living rooms during the reign of former President Enrique Benia Nieto were free of everything except for crystal chandeliers. The kitchen is spacious.
"I feel a pang in my stomach and I know I am in a place that poor classes were not allowed to enter before," said Mario Castaneda, a 45-year-old biologist who was with his wife and son. It's really exciting. "
Among the crowds in Los Pinos on Saturday was Maria Antonia Curtis, 50, who was educated from the coastal town of Puerta Vallarta.
"We got the freedom to see something special about us. This is all of our taxes. "
Benita Nieto returned to Mexico after attending the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday morning on the last official flight of his Boeing Dreamlines, to be sold by Lopez Obrador.