AMLO: The beginning of Mexico’s 4th Transformation
Why the 4th?
“[Andrés Manuel López Obrador] sees his inauguration as a historic ‘fourth transformation’ of Mexico, following independence from Spain, the liberal reforms that broke the church’s dominance in the 1850s and the 1910-1917 revolution,” AP via The New York Times.
After 70 years of Mexico’s governance by the PRI and PAN administrations, the country has elected a leftist government. Some argue the main reason the people of Mexico voted for AMLO was because they were desperate for a change. AMLO’s campaign was created around the idea of forgiveness, love and peace. Needless to say after years of violence and record high deaths during the past presidency, the Mexican people voted for the idea of peace.
Continuing with the campaign ideals, the new president requested a peaceful transition with the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN). Unlike other presidential inaugurations, last Saturday’s ceremony at the Legislative Palace was respectful with minimal disruptions – there were, however, protests for Brazil’s President Nicolás Maduro’s presence in the country and against AMLO’s amnesty proposal.
Following AMLO’s first speech as President of the Republic, there was a closed luncheon with other world leaders and special guests. Staying true to the new president’s patriotic sentiment, the menu was inspired by traditional Mexican flavors such as cream of huitlacoche followed by ribs with esquites in an achiote sauce cooked by chef Gabriela Cámara. As for drinks, there were no alcoholic beverages which didn’t sit very well with some of the attendees. Only traditional Mexican fruit waters were served.
Who was invited?
Some of the attendees were:
Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump (U.S.)
Jimmy Morales Cabrera (Guatemala)
Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado (Honduras)
Óscar Samuel Ortiz Ascencio (El Salvador)
Evo Morales (Bolivia)
Nicolás Maduro (Venezuela)
Martín Vizcarra Cornejo (Peru)
Iván Duque (Colombia)
Lenin Moreno Garcés (Ecuador)
Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez (Cuba)
Felipe VI (Spain)
Jeremy Corbyn (U.K.)
Marcelo Ebrard – Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores
Big investors like Carlos Slim and Claudio X. González Guajardo
After the luncheon, the new president joined the Mexican people in Mexico City’s center Zocalo where he received the baton of command from the indigenous community as a sign of confidence and trust in the new administration. This is the first time a president received this honor which made it a historical moment in the day long inauguration celebration. Following AMLO’s acceptance speech, the people celebrated the much anticipated “AMLOFest” with performances by artists Calle 13, Eugenia León and soprano, Regina Orozco.
Now that the celebration is over, reality kicks in. This includes two immediate changes: first, opening the ex-presidential house “Los Pinos” to the public, which was actually announced December 1st, and second, the announcement to sell the presidential airplane.
What does the rest of the world think?
These are a few of the headlines two days after AMLO’s presidential inauguration.
- The wildly ambitious plan of Mexico’s President AMLO
- A New Revolution in Mexico | The New Yorker
- AMLO Won. What Comes Next for Mexico? – Bloomberg
- “Nos va a ir mal, muy mal”: la reacción de empresarios mexicanos tras el primer discurso de López Obrador como president
- Mexico’s Leader Sells Off ‘Too Lavish’ Presidential Boeing 787
- Trouble Looms for Mexico’s New President
- AMLO will be the most powerful Mexican president in decades
- “Me canso ganso”, la frase viral del presidente López Obrador
- Mexico’s new president vows to drop neo-liberalism
- Mexico’s AMLO Takes Office With Attack on Energy Overhaul
- Who is Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador?
Mirroring the sentiment of the Mexican people, the world headlines show both a sense of drastic and hopeful change for the country, as well as a feeling of frightening uncertainty for the future of Mexico.
In an article by Enrique Acevedo for The Washington Post, Acevedo explains the opposition’s view and reason for worry for AMLO’s presidency saying, “The problem is that AMLO simplistically diagnoses the system as hopelessly broken while casting himself as the only remedy, a Mexican translation of President Trump’s ‘I alone can fix it.’ AMLO’s messianic approach resonates with a massive following that thinks their candidate can do or say no wrong. Even if that means offering amnesty to violent drug traffickers. Or questioning the value of supreme court justices. Or inviting some of the most toxic characters in Mexico’s political class to join his team while building alliances with a party that thinks same-sex marriage is just a fad.”
Mexico is in need of a drastic and peaceful change. Let’s hope AMLO comes thru with all his promises. While he has set an ambitious objective for his presidency, he has said himself that, “[he has] no right to fail the people of Mexico.”