Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

The Latest: Mexico Readies Presidential Jet for Sale

MEXICO CITY – The latest on Mexico's new president (all times local):

6 p.m.

Mexico's presidential jet will leave for San Bernardino, California, on Monday to be reclaimed for president by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with beds, shower and granite bathroom countertops was purchased for $ 368 million in November 2012, just before Enrique Pena Nieto took office as president for a six-year term that ended Saturday. The finished plane was delivered in February 2016.

New Finance Minister Carlos Urzua said Sunday that Mexico will also sell 60 smaller planes and 70 helicopters now in use by the federal government.

Lopez Obrador says he will fly coach in commercial planes.


3:55 p.m.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard says via Twitter that he has arrived in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Migration is Andres Manuel Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office Saturday.

Thousands of Central American migrants in U.S. have filled shelters in Tijuana and Mexicali. Addressing this buildup is a top priority of the new Mexican administration.

Ebrard reiterates in his Sunday tweet that Mexico seeks a relationship with the U.S. based on "mutual respect" and to identify common goals.


11:45 AM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is a key stakeholder: stemming rampant violence and rising murders.

The plan requires a constitutional reform that would allow the Navy and Army to form a National Guard to police much of the country. Lopez Obrador spoke before rows of generals at a sun-drenched military installation on Sunday and said the retooling of the military is "indispensable."

Deep-rooted corruption and ineffectiveness among Mexico's police forces to relapse heavily into the country.

Military objectives have long been expressed in this open-ended policing mission, and the armed forces have been implicated in multiple human rights abuses.

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