New president promises to free state from corruption
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.