MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on Thursday he’ll abandon the key service-style safety utilized by his predecessor in favor of a safety element of 20 unarmed women and men, together with attorneys, docs and engineers.
Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador makes declarations to the media after a gathering with President Enrique Pena Nieto at National palace in Mexico metropolis, Mexico August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Since successful a landslide election victory on July 1, leftist Lopez Obrador has painted himself an everyman president, forgoing the standard trappings of the presidency, however the absence of armed guards has raised fears in a rustic reeling from political, gang and drug-related violence.
There have been extra deadly assaults on politicians over the last election marketing campaign than in another in latest historical past, and an epidemic of gang violence made final yr Mexico’s deadliest since fashionable information started.
Giving his first public feedback a day after being formally named president-elect, Lopez Obrador mentioned ten males and ten ladies could be chosen to offer his safety, however described them as facilitators. He mentioned they’d not carry firearms, and safety could be saved at a minimal.
“They are going to handle me. These men and women, and all Mexicans are going to handle me. And once I discuss all of the Mexicans I’m speaking in regards to the troopers, as a result of the troopers are the folks,” Lopez Obrador mentioned.
“All Mexicans are going to handle me, however there won’t be this particular (authorities) physique to ensure the safety of the president of the republic.”
Lopez Obrador mentioned he informed present President Enrique Pena Nieto, who’s protected by 2,000 armed presidential guards, composed of army personnel, police and civilians, that he would as a substitute go along with the a lot smaller safety staff.
Lopez Obrador has promised to run an austere, zero-deficit authorities, and his method to safety is a transparent instance of how he’s breaking from the mildew. The present presidential guards can be absorbed by the protection ministry as soon as he takes workplace on Dec. 1.
He has promised to show the presidential Los Pinos palace right into a cultural middle, have the presidential airplane offered and obtain half the wage of Pena Nieto.
Reporting by Anthony Esposito & Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore
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