López Obrador sworn in as Mexico's president

López Obrador sworn in as Mexico's president
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was officially sworn in Saturday, becoming the country’s first leftist president in more than 70 years.

López Obrador pledged “a peaceful and orderly transition, but one that is deep and radical ... because we will end the corruption and impunity that prevent Mexico’s rebirth,” according to The Associated Press.

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The 65-year-old political veteran has vowed to transform Mexico and reboot the country’s sluggish economy. A left-leaning populist, he has said that he intends to build more state-owned oil refineries and encourage Mexicans to consume more domestic products during his administration.

“Mexico’s crisis originated not only with the failure of the neoliberal policies applied over the last 36 years,” he said in his inaugural speech, “but also in the prevalence of the filthiest corruption.”

López Obrador, who won overwhelmingly in the country's July election, has said he would stand up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE, pledging he would not allow Mexico to be Trump’s “whipping boy” and that the White House’s immigration policies are “racist.”

He has also said he is open to having a working relationship with the Trump administration.

Vice President Pence, Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryTrump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff Chris Christie declines White House chief of staff role Trump says he's down to five candidates for chief of staff MORE, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFormer GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' Young girl's death draws new scrutiny over US treatment of migrants No reason to assume American relations with Mexico are rocky MORE and President Trump's adviser and daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump's legal woes worsen On The Money: Trump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming | Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff | China agrees to 3-month freeze of auto tariffs | Dem to seek Deutsche Bank records of Trump's personal finances Ivanka Trump was involved in negotiations between inaugural committee, Trump hotel: report MORE, attended the inauguration. 

López Obrador succeeds Enrique Peña Nieto, who is leaving office with a historically low approval rating, largely due to Mexico’s rising homicide rate, the AP notes.