Did AMLO just give Trump’s inaugural address, in Spanish?
MEXICO CITY, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Veteran leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office as Mexican president on Saturday, vowing to see off a “rapacious” elite in a country struggling with corruption, chronic poverty and gang violence on the doorstep of the United States.
Backed by a gigantic Mexican flag, the 65-year-old took the oath of office in the lower house of Congress, pledging to bring about a “radical” rebirth of Mexico (“make America great again”) to overturn what he called a disastrous legacy of decades of “neo-liberal” governments.
“The government will no longer be a committee at the service of a rapacious minority,” said the new president, who is often nicknamed AMLO. Nor would the government, he said, be a “simple facilitator of pillaging, as it has been.”
Trump: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”
Making 16 references to “neo-liberal” policies in his speech, he vowed to abolish the “regime” he said it had created…
“January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
Pena Nieto sat impassively two seats to the left of Lopez Obrador during the sustained attack on his economic legacy, at times touching his face, wiping his brow with his hand and taking occasional sips of water.
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