AMLO palms over ‘baton of command’ to Claudia Sheinbaum

President López Obrador on Thursday formally ceded the management of the “fourth transformation” political venture he initiated by handing over a symbolic “baton of command” to Claudia Sheinbaum, who would be the ruling Morena occasion’s candidate at subsequent 12 months’s presidential election.

Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico Metropolis between December 2018 and final June, got here out on high in polling to find out who would characterize Morena and its allies on the June 2, 2024 election. Her victory was introduced Wednesday evening.

Claudia Sheinbaum and AMLO
Sheinbaum and the president stand along with the baton overlooking the Templo Mayor ruins within the Zócalo. (Andrés Manuel López Obrador/X)

López Obrador handed over the bastón de mando to Sheinbaum at a ceremony held at a restaurant within the historic heart of Mexico Metropolis. The president acquired a “baton of command” from an Indigenous chief shortly after he was sworn in on Dec. 1, 2018, however what he handed to the ex-mayor on Thursday was a distinct one.

In line with an announcement posted to López Obrador’s private web site on Thursday evening, Sheinbaum is now the “new nationwide coordinator of the protection of the transformation.”

The president claims that his authorities is finishing up a metamorphosis as important as those who occurred on account of independence from Spain within the early nineteenth century, liberal reforms enacted within the 1850s and the Mexican Revolution within the early twentieth century.

Among the many central options of the “fourth transformation” – a time period that can be the present authorities’s self-anointed nickname – are a said angle of zero tolerance towards corruption and impunity, authorities austerity and help for Mexico’s most deprived residents.

AMLO at event celebrating his election
The president talking at an occasion commemorating his 2018 election in Mexico Metropolis’s Zócalo in July. (

After receiving the baton at an occasion attended by 4 of her 5 rivals for the Morena nomination in addition to Morena governors and different occasion officers, Sheinbaum pledged to proceed the “transformation” initiated by “President AMLO.”

Conforming to López Obrador’s oft-repeated philosophy, the ruling occasion’s new standard-bearer additionally pledged to by no means lie, steal or betray the folks of Mexico.

As president, Sheinbaum mentioned she would proceed constructing a “fairer, extra fraternal” Mexico that’s “sovereign, free and democratic.”

“… Mexico belongs to everybody, however above all it belongs to the greater than 8 million seniors who obtain their pension each two months, to the tons of of 1000’s of people that obtain incapacity help funds, to the tens of millions of younger people who write and construct the long run, to the engineers and laborers who construct trains, airports, refineries, photo voltaic crops, ports, dams and highways, to the lecturers who train with the brand new textbooks, … [and] to the well being staff,” she mentioned.

Sheinbaum has promised she is going to proceed with the “fourth transformation” of President López Obrador. (Cuartoscuro)

Sheinbaum additionally took the chance to assault Mexico’s opposition events, three of which – the PAN, the PRI and the PRD – have banded collectively to kind an alliance that may again a standard candidate at subsequent 12 months’s presidential election. These now in opposition by no means fulfilled their guarantees once they have been in authorities and are “the residing picture of corruption,” she mentioned.

Sheinbaum’s official designation as the brand new chief of the “transformation motion” got here 4 days after Senator Xóchitl Gálvez was formally named because the coordinator of the three-party Broad Entrance for Mexico (FAM) opposition bloc.

Morena and the FAM are usually not at the moment referring to their presidential contenders as candidates to keep away from falling foul of electoral legal guidelines that stipulate when that designation can happen.

Gálvez, who defeated Senator Beatriz Paredes in polling to find out the FAM’s presumptive nominee, asserted that López Obrador was performing extra like an “emperor” than a president by giving Sheinbaum the “baton of command.”

“In the present day is a historic day. In the present day is the day on which Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as if he have been an emperor and never the president of a republic, will hand over the imperial scepter to Sheinbaum,” she mentioned in a video posted to social media.

“It’s a circus, … an act of authoritarianism typical of the Mexico we wish to go away behind,” Gálvez mentioned.

Xóchitl Gálvez at a rally
Xóchitl Gálvez was formally designated the opposition candidate for 2024 on the Ángel de la Independencia in Mexico Metropolis on Sunday. (Xóchitl Gálvez/X)

When he leaves workplace, López Obrador will go away behind a rustic marked by “concern and violence,” she mentioned.

“… The presidential sash shouldn’t be a scepter that’s inherited,” Gálvez added. “It’s the need and the hope of your complete nation. That hope already modified palms and now belongs to us.”

López Obrador was requested earlier this week why he had determined handy over a “baton of command” to Morena’s new normal bearer when such an object is a “illustration of your complete citizenry, not one political occasion.”

“Look, it’s a method of passing on a accountability that I’ve needed to attend to because the chief of a motion of transformation. That’s what the baton symbolizes,” he responded.

“Above all, it’s an emblem of Indigenous communities, the poorest folks of this nation and it’s about handing over that image to she or he who should lead the transformation, present continuity to what for us is crucial – serving to the poor and serving to the Indigenous folks.”

With reviews from El Financiero and Reforma 

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