Andrés Manuel López Obrador, more commonly known as AMLO, assumed his responsibilities as the new president of Mexico on December 1, 2018. What will the new government of Mexico be like under AMLO?
The AMLO administration, which is widely considered as a new era for good in Mexico politics, is finally here, replacing the Peña Nieto administration, which is considered the worst government in the modern history of the country by nearly three-fourths of the Mexican people.
After six long months of transition since the July elections, there already have been many changes in Mexico´s political life, particularly since the elected houses of parliament began their work in September.
Why are we Mexicans so excited about this so-called ¨Fourth Transformation,” a term AMLO has been using since the election? Well, first and foremost, AMLO is a politician who has always been close to the people and knows their needs very well. He captured his governing philosophy very well in one phrase: “First the poor, for the benefit of all.”
During AMLO’s inauguration as the 58th president of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos), he mentioned that his number one priority is to end the corruption and impunity that has corroded the nation, which Peña Nieto ignored during his time in office.
Another major change implemented by AMLO is that no one who works in public service is allowed to earn more money than the president, whose salary has been set at about US$65,000 a year. However, that ruling is being contested in Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN).
It is also worth mentioning that AMLO is an advocate for the impeachment power made by the people of Mexico. He will put himself into a review every two years, which is something that has never been done before.
In addition to this, AMLO rejected living in Los Pinos, which is the official residence of the Mexican president. He preferred to open it to the public as a museum and a place for the arts. Instead, he is living at the Palacio de Gobierno. He holds a press conference there every day at six in the morning, which often last an hour or longer.
AMLO has promised to work 16 hours a day, a promise hard to keep at age 65. He has also dismantled the Estado Mayor Presidencial, which is special department of security dedicated to protect the president. His reason? The good people will take care of him everywhere he goes.
And he has done even more. For example, he eliminated the millionaire pensions of all the former presidents of Mexico. He also is selling the presidential airplane to fly only on commercial flights, like the people of Mexico.
When AMLO officially assumed the presidency of Mexico on December 1st he gave two speeches, a formal one in the house of parliament and an informal one at El Zócalo in the heart of Mexico City to his followers.
At El Zócalo, AMLO received The Staff of Command, which was given to him by a woman who represented all the indigenous towns of Mexico. This was a very touching event because it was the first time all the indigenous people felt represented and respected by the president. People celebrated with traditional dances from every region in Mexico and many other performances.
Public opinion shows that most of the country feels the same way as the native Mexican people. We believe this is the beginning of a new era for the country and for every Mexican. For us, hearing that there will not be any increase in taxes, the minimum wage will be double from less than 90 pesos per day, the cost per liter of gasoline will be reduced and the promise of many other positive actions for the people of Mexico in the future give us hope and a belief in AMLO.
Only time will tell if the good for all will continue.