AMLO blames neoliberalism for the great evils: corruption, violence, misery. “It’s over,” he says

“We have promoted an Act to turn corruption into a serious crime, that although it seems incredible, it was not,” said Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico. Also, he said, “I promise not to steal or do business under the protection of public power.”

“If my wife or my children commit a crime, they should be tried,” he added. “I only answer for my son Jesus, who is a minor.” 

“Today a new government does not start, today begins a change of political regime in Mexico,” he warned.

Mexico City, December 1 (SinEmbargo) .- “Nothing has damaged Mexico more than the corruption of the rulers and of a dome of private power,” said Mexico City President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at his first speech this afternoon.  before the Congress of the Union, in front of which announced a Truth Commission that punishes “those who are responsible” for the abuse of power in the investigation for the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa.

The new Chief Executive of the Federal Government showed before the country the failure of three decades of neoliberal policy. He blamed that current of economic and ideological thinking for the great evils that Mexico suffers: marginalization, corruption, violence. “A disaster,” he said. “It’s over”.

“Today a new government does not start, today begins a change of political regime in Mexico,” he warned.

He also said: “Just as I am a Juarez and a Cardenista, I am also a Maderista and a supporter of effective suffrage and not re-election.”

“Under no circumstances will I have to re-elect myself,” he said. That is why, he said, in two and a half years there will be a consultation to ask the people if they want the President to remain in the mandate. “Because the people put and the people take away,” he said.

 “If you ask me to express in a sentence to describe the objective of the new government, it is: ‘end corruption and impunity.'” However, he added, “we are not going to devote ourselves to persecuting anyone, because we do not want a circus,” he said. “We should start looking for scapegoats from the top,” he said. “There would not be enough jails,” he added. “But we would take the country to a dynamic of confrontation that would take away energy and resources for the construction of a new Homeland, development, and pacification.”

“That whoever is responsible be punished, but that the Presidency refrain from those who have dedicated themselves to doing business under the protection of power,” he added. “From my point of view, it is better to make a social and historical judgment on the neoliberal model, but in any case, I will defend with freedom and arguments my position of thinking and working for the future. But the citizens will have the last word, because all these matters will be consulted with the citizens, “he announced.

“We have promoted an Act to turn corruption into a serious crime, that although it seems incredible, it was not,” he said. Also, he said, “I promise not to steal or do business under the protection of public power.”

“If my wife or my children commit a crime, they should be tried,” he added. “I only answer for my son Jesus, who is a minor.”

“We will put aside the neoliberal hypocrisy. The State will deal with attacking inequalities and those born poor will not be condemned to live and die poor, “he said. “It is inhuman to use political power to abuse human beings.”

And he repeated: “It is pertinent, then, to state clearly that we are going to govern for all, but that we are going to give preference to the vulnerable and the dispossessed. For the good of all, first the poor. “

“I came to the Presidency of the Republic after many years of personal and collective struggle. Here I remember this movement, what we are reaping, we will never forget them. I am willing to not fail my people, “he said. And he narrated: “Now that I was coming here I was paired with a young bicycle and he said: ‘You have no right to fail us’, and that I will do,” he said.

“I am aware of the expectation among Mexicans, but I am optimistic and I think we will do well. Because I believe that the cultures of Mexico that have always been our saviors, with our cultures have faced earthquakes, epidemics, bad governments, and other calamities and we have always resurfaced with dignity and pride. The legacy of civilizations as a people tenacious, hardworking and honest, with an idiosyncratic love of the people, “he said.

López Obrador: “better start again.” Photo: Cri Rodríguez, Sin embargo

Now, he said, the President of the Republic can be tried for the crime that is, even when in office. “A good judge for the house begins. “That’s why the government will be cleaned from the top down, how the stairs are cleaned.”

Lopez Obrador took office today after achieving a landslide victory on July 1, in a poll that won more than 53 percent of the vote. Deputies and senators opened today the session of the Congress of the Union in which Lopez Obrador was invested as President of Mexico, in an action in which the leftist leader gave a message to the Nation:

“I protest to keep and keep the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States and the laws that emanate from it, and to play loyally and patriotically the office of President of the Republic that the people have conferred on me, looking in everything for the good and prosperity of the Union; and if that is not the case, the Nation will demand it from me, “he said.

“Today, a Truth Commission is established to punish the abuse of authority to deal with the case of the disappeared young people of Ayotzinapa,” he announced. “That whoever is responsible be punished”, but that the Presidency refrains from those who have dedicated themselves to doing business under the protection of power, he added.

From my point of view, it is better to make a social and historical judgment on the neoliberal model, but “in any case, I will defend with freedom and arguments my position of thinking and working for the future. But the citizens will have the last word because all these matters are going to consult the citizens. “

And then he started his message.

“That whoever is responsible be punished”, but that the Presidency refrains from those who have dedicated themselves to doing business under the protection of power, he added. Photo: Cri Rodríguez, Sin embargo

“Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, I thank you for your attention, but above all I recognize you for not having intervened as other presidents did in the past presidential elections,” said López Obrador, in his first sentence as President of Mexico. “We have suffered this anti-democratic outrage and we appreciate that the acting President respects the will of the people,” he added.

“By mandate of the people, today we begin the Fourth Transformation of Mexico,” he said. “It may seem pretentious, but today a change of political regime begins.” A change, he added, pacified and ordered, he said. “A change that will focus on eradicating corruption,” he said.

The President mentioned the three major transformations of the country: Independence, the Reformation, and the Revolution. “Now we,” he added, “we want to turn honesty and fraternity into a form of government,” he said.

These postulates are based on the fact that the Mexican crisis originated not only in the failure of the neoliberal model of the last 36 years but “because of the most filthy corruption, both political and private,” he said.

He highlighted the years of stabilizing development, where Mexico grew at 6 percent per year, thanks to Antonio Ortiz Mena. Then, he said, from 1970 to 1982, when the economy grew at 6 percent per year, but with serious macroeconomic imbalances: with inflation and indebtedness.

 As for the application of the neoliberal policy, from 1992 to date, it has been the most inefficient: the economy barely grew at 2 percent on average, with an accumulation of wealth in a few hands. Generated, he said, more poverty and led the population to seek their lives even in illegality.

“The neoliberal policy has been a calamity, a disaster” for Mexico, he added.

The Energy Reform, for example, has become a failure. It was said that he was going to generate foreign investment in abundance and did not arrive, said President López Obrador, while his predecessor, Peña Nieto, the principal of that reform, listened to his criticisms.

The damage caused to the national energy sector during the neoliberalism is so serious, that we are not only the oil country that imports gasoline most, and we have old and wasted refineries.

Another example is corn, “that blessed plant” originally from Mexico, but now we buy more than half of what we consume, he said. In this period, the purchasing period has deteriorated by 60 percent, and the salary of Mexicans is one of the lowest on the planet, he said.

“We became,” he added, “in a country that expels its inhabitants: more than 20 million Mexicans live in the United States. We are, also, the most corrupt countries in the world and we are in a shameful position. ” Corruption is the opposite of neoliberalism, he insisted.

The opposition asked for less VAT for the border. Photo: Cuartoscuro

“Unfortunately, this evil has almost always existed in our country, but what happened in the neoliberal period is unprecedented,” he said.

“In the era of destabilizing development, the rulers did not dare to privatize the wealth of the Nation, but in these last three decades, the highest authorities, as in the Porfiriato, have dedicated themselves to transfer wealth to national and foreign individuals”, he added.

We will go, he said, towards a true democracy. The shameful tradition of electoral fraud will end, and whoever uses public money to buy votes and profit from the poverty of the people “will go to jail without bail”. The fight against corruption will allow us to free up funds for the development of Mexico and the Republican austerity, taxes, and fuel prices will not be increased beyond inflation.

Now it turns out that those who increased the prices of gasoline, “he said, looking at the PRI bench,” are asking you to come down. But, he added, I make the commitment that now that it is invested in refineries, the prices of gasoline will fall. Nor, he said, are we going to indebt the country. When Fox’s six-year term ended, the debt was 1.2 trillion, when Calderón’s debt ended, the debt was 5 trillion, and that was when more money was received and went down the drain of corruption.

Now the debt is 10 trillion, and that is why the public debt will no longer increase. We will not spend more than what comes into the public treasury. There will be no more negotiations or influence with private companies, he said. The investments, he said, will be insured, because in Mexico there will be Rule of Law, clear rules and confidence.

“I get tired, goose” that in three years the New Airport of Mexico City will be running, with two alternate runways at the Santa Lucia airport, he said. And the largest free zone in the world will be created on the northern border; there, VAT, ISR, and gasoline will be reduced, gas and electricity will cost less than in the rest of the country and the minimum wage will be doubled.

THE SESSION

At 09:07 hours this session began at the headquarters of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, where the bicameral Congress met, in a room overflowing and dominated by members of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), López Obrador’s party, with a majority in both houses.

This formal event at the Legislative Palace began with 448 deputies from the 500 that make up the lower house and 110 from the 128 senators.

The attendance pass and declaration of quorum of the Congress of the Union were made, not without some confusion on the part of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo.

“It’s an honor, to be with Obrador,” many deputies intoned shortly after the start of the session.

Meanwhile, a group of parliamentarians hung a banner in the room that read “Maduro, you are not welcome”, because the invitation of the President of Venezuela to the investiture has been strongly criticized by the opposition.

Source: Sinembargo

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