Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has become Mexico’s new president. In a speech to his supporters, he promised to tackle the violence and deaths plaguing Mexico.
“Corruption is not a cultural phenomenon but it is the result of a political regime in decay. We are absolutely certain that this evil is the principal cause of social inequality and of economic inequality,” he said. “Because of corruption, violence has erupted in our country.”
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador or AMLO as he is known by his initials has run for president three times. He failed bids in 2006 and 2012 and claimed fraud when he lost. So how did he win this time around? He is promising to lower the salaries of top officials and give raises to the people at the bottom. He said he was going to sell the presidential planes, turn the presidential palace into a public park and cut his own salary in half. But most important he promises to clean house with Mexico’s ongoing corruption.
Many observers considered the 64-year-old candidate an outsider and his anti-establishment stance has garnered comparisons to US President Donald Trump. His critics also fear that he might end up being an authoritarian leader like Venezuela’s dictator Hugo Chavez.
“As of tomorrow, I will call upon representatives of human rights, religious leaders, the United Nations and other national and international organizations so that we can meet as many times as necessary to develop a plan of reconciliation and peace for Mexico that we will apply from the beginning of our new government,” he said.