MEXICO CITY, Dec 2: The leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was sworn in as president of Mexico, said in his first address to the nation after his inauguration that during his term in office (2018-2024) he will fight against both public and private corruption.
He said that in the last 36 years a "foul public and private" corruption has prevailed in Mexico and now, with this change of the "political regime," he will fight to bring peace and calm back to the country, Efe reported.
"Nothing has damaged Mexico more than the dishonesty of its governments," he added minutes after receiving the presidential sash from the previous head of state, Enrique Pe�a Nieto, in a ceremony before the Congress of the Union.
Before deputies and senators, he said that, without wishing "to appear pretentious or exaggerated, today is not simply the inauguration of a new government."
"From now on a transformation will take place that is peaceful and orderly, but at the same time far-reaching and radical, because we'll see an end to the corruption and the impunity that has stopped Mexico's revival," he said.
The leftist leader -- who promises to lead the country to its "fourth transformation" following independence, the liberal reforms of the 19th century and the Mexican Revolution -- said he wants to make "honesty and brotherhood a way of life." - IANS