After receiving the presidential sash in the Mexican Congress Saturday, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) addressed the nation, delivering a strong condemnation of neoliberal economic policy. He also announced he will overturn the controversial education reform, prosecute abuses of state power and ban fracking.
During his address, AMLO criticized the accumulation of wealth that “has impoverished the people.” “Neoliberalism has been a calamity. For example, the Energy reform that was meant to save us has only meant a fall in the production of oil and the increase in gasoline, diesel, and electricity prices.”
“Before neoliberalism, we produced and were self-sufficient in gas, diesel … now we buy more than half. In this period the purchasing power of salaries has been slashed,” AMLO said.
“Neoliberalism is corruption, It sounds strong, but privatization in Mexico has meant corruption,” AMLO explained. The theft of the nation’s wealth has become a modus operandi according to Mexico’s president.
Our main goal is “to end corruption and impunity,” AMLO said to a cheering audience. I do not endorse revenge, he said, stressing that he will focus on preventing future crimes instead of prosecuting former state officials. However, he did warn that abuses of power will be prosecuted to address cases like the forced disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa.
He also promised that under his administration the president will never order the repression of the people, nor “will we cover up violations to human rights.”
Another main element of our government will be the separation of political and economic power, AMLO stressed. “The state will stop facilitating the pillage.”