Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
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Latest news: Mexico's new chief signs a pact on migrants

MEXICO – Latest news on the inauguration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (all local times):

18.30.

In one of his first acts, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with his counterparts in three Central American countries to put in place a development plan to stem the flow of migrants seeking asylum. asylum in the United States.

The Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the plan includes a fund to create jobs in the region and aims to address the structural causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Thousands of migrants, mostly Hondurans, have joined the caravans in recent weeks to cross Mexico quickly to seek refuge at the US border.

Dozens of migrants interviewed by the Associated Press have said they are fleeing poverty and violence in their home country.

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5:45 p.m.

Mexico's newly elected president was formally appointed a leader by indigenous groups at a ceremony held on the main streets of Mexico City after being sworn in before Congress.

Mexico has more than 70 indigenous communities and new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is committed to ending centuries of poverty and marginalization.

Traditional healers brushed Lopez Obrador with groves of herbs and he blasted smoke of incense to purify him. They then appealed to the spirits of their ancestors and to the earth to free him from any evil influence, turning to the four cardinal points with individual prayers.

Aboriginal activist Carmen Santiago Alonso then presented the president with a wooden ceremonial stick denoting leadership. This is the first time that a Mexican president participates in this type of solemn inauguration on the part of indigenous groups.

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12:40

The new President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed the United States and Canada in his inaugural address to the Congress.

The first foreign dignitaries he welcomed from the podium on Saturday are US Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump.

He also said that since the day of his election, "President Donald Trump has treated me with respect.

Lopez Obrador said he wants to reach an agreement with US and Canadian governments and companies to invest in the development of Central and South Mexico so that people who live there can not emigrate .

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11:20

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been sworn in as the first left-wing president in Mexico for over 70 years. Lopez Obrador was sworn in at the Mexican Congress at a ceremony attended by Vice President Mike Pence, leaders of Latin America and British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Lopez Obrador promised "a peaceful and orderly transition, but profound and radical".

The inauguration of Lopez Obrador marks a turning point in one of the most radical experiences in the world of market opening and privatization.

10:10

British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn receives a particularly warm welcome at the inauguration of the new Mexican leftist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Corbyn was one of a few people hosted by Lopez Obrador at his home in the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, the day before the inauguration.

He will also participate in the inaugural ceremony of the Mexico City Congress on Saturday.

Corbyn is a veteran socialist whose wife is from Mexico.

A Labor Party statement released in London said the new president "faces daunting challenges in his mission to transform Mexico, but Jeremy hopes his election will give Mexico's poor and disadvantaged a real voice and a break with the failures and injustices of the past ".

He adds that the new president "has shown that a program of progressive change can help gain power and maintain the status quo".

The party's statement, however, botched the name of the new president by calling him only by his last name – the appellant president Obrador instead of Lopez Obrador.

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9:50

One of the first official acts of the administration of Mexico's new president was to open the doors of the secret and sprawling presidential residence located in one corner of Mexico City's largest park.

The new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, declared that he would not live in this city and that he would rather use it as a cultural center.

Only a few people showed up Saturday in the hours leading up to the opening of the Los Pinos complex, closed to the public since the construction of the first parties in the 1930s.

Among them was retired secretary Gabriela Barrientos, a supporter of Lopez Obrador. She says, "It's a day that will never come back."

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9:30 am

Conservative lawmakers in Mexico use the presidential investiture of their country to protest against Venezuelan socialist president Nicolas Maduro.

Several members have taped a banner bearing the inscription "Maduro, you are not welcome" at the rostrum of the lower house of Congress, where the president of the left, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will be sworn in soon.

Maduro has been invited to the inauguration ceremony, but we do not know if he will arrive.

The conservative National Action Party of Mexico has objected to the invitation due to the economic and political crisis in Venezuela and accuses Maduro of turning to a dictatorship.

Lopez Obrador's critics have long been trying to associate him with Venezuelan socialism, despite the limited evidence he is showing for such a policy.

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8:20

The new president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has not been sworn in yet, but new secretaries have already taken important positions in security.

The transfer of responsibility at midnight is part of a tradition to ensure that there is always someone at the head of the Department of the Army, Navy and Interior, the highest agency of national security of the country.

The new Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero, said at a ceremony after midnight that the new government "will listen to everyone, the majority and minorities, because in a democracy, all opinions can to be expressed ".

Similar ceremonies were held at the Navy and at Army Headquarters. Lopez Obrador expects to rely heavily on the military to form his new anti-crime force, the National Guard.

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2 a.m

Mexicans have more than a new president. Inauguration of leftist activist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the most radical experiences in the world of market opening and privatization.

Mexico has long had a closed economy dominated by the state, but since joining the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs in 1986, it has signed more free trade agreements. exchange than almost any other country. It has also been privatized in almost all areas of the economy, with the exception of oil and electricity.

Now, however, Lopez Obrador discusses a speech that has not been heard in Mexico since the 1960s: he wants to build more state-owned oil refineries and encourages Mexicans to " not to buy abroad, but to produce in Mexico what we eat ".

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