Mexico’s president-elect shuns guards, asks ‘people’ for protection

Mexico’s president-elect shuns guards, asks ‘people’ for protection
Andres Manuel López Obrador (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – He had better not anger the human smugglers or drug runners.]

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador left the country’s national palace on Tuesday in the front passenger seat of a white Volkswagen Jetta, swarmed by hundreds of jubilant supporters including one waving a live rooster.

There was not a bodyguard in sight.

Since claiming victory on Sunday, the leftist politician has promised transformative change for Mexico. That includes ambitious plans to stem the corruption and violence that have become the status quo, though Lopez Obrador has yet to provide details.

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Lopez Obrador’s approach to security is one of the first signs of how he is breaking from the mold of the typical Mexican presidency.

His plan to travel without armed guards has sparked worry in some quarters about his safety on the heels of Mexico’s deadliest year since modern records began.

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