Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sworn in as Mexico president

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Leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has been sworn in as the new Mexican President following his landslide victory in the July 1 presidential election. Lopez Obrador, 65, took oath yesterday before a crowd that included world leaders and a strong majority in both houses of Congress.

Lopez Obrador also reaffirmed his intentions to sell Mexico’s official presidential plane,  to not live in the presidential palace and said he will receive 40 per cent of his presidential salary.

The new leftist president, who was Mexico City’s mayor before running thrice for the presidency, promised during his campaign to put an end to the violence and send soldiers back home

“I understand you can’t fight violence with more violence; to put out fire with fire,” he said during the campaign.

Lopez thanked the US for sending Vice President Mike Pence and first daughter Ivanka Trump to his inauguration, stating that since winning the election, he has been treated respectfully by President Donald Trump.

Lopez Obrador also thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stating he would like to reach an agreement with both Ottawa and Washington to tackle immigration issues.

 

(Featured image : Times Now)

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