New pres­i­dent prom­ises to free state from cor­rup­tion


The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

An­drés Manuel López Obrador has as­sumed Mexico’s pres­i­dency with a prom­ise to trans­form the econ­omy and to lead a gov­ern­ment free of cor­rup­tion.

“What we want, what we de­sire is to pu­rify pub­lic life in Mexico,” said López Obrador – com­monly known as Amlo – dur­ing last Satur­day’s in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­monies in Mexico City. “I re­peat my com­mit­ment: I will not lie, I will not steal or be­tray the peo­ple of Mexico.”

He gave a 90-minute speech to thou­sands of ju­bi­lant sup­port­ers, vow­ing to help the poor in a na­tion where al­most half the pop­u­la­tion lives in poverty. One of the most press­ing is­sues Amlo faces is the car­a­van of thou­sands of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants camped out at the US border, seek­ing asy­lum.

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