In Mexico, new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in Saturday. Tens of thousands gathered in the capital’s central Zócalo square to celebrate the first leftist president in decades. In his inaugural speech, AMLO addressed security and vowed to end corruption and impunity.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: “With the inefficiencies of police bodies and the great increase in homicides, robberies, kidnappings, femicides and other crimes, I’m calling on Congress to urgently approve a constitutional reform that allows us to integrate the military police, marine police and the Federal Police for a national guard, to organize the functions of public security in a manner that respects human rights.”
AMLO announced he would call for a referendum in two years so that citizens could decide if he should remain in power for the rest of his term. On his first day in office, AMLO signed an agreement with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for regional development programs aimed at curbing migration to the United States.