New Mexican president pledges change

December 1, 2000

Mexico's new President Vicente Fox pledged to work for an open and inclusive country when he was inaugurated for a six-year term of office on Friday.

Here are some excerpts from his inauguration speech, broadcast on Mexico's Channel 2 television.

"Governing the country will involve dialogue... the strength of the nation will not come from one single Party."

The origin of our evils lies in the excessive concentration of power

"Now more than ever, understanding and agreement among political players are necessary. I call upon all political forces to build, without prejudice, a dignified relationship."

Balance of power

"The origin of our evils lies in the excessive concentration of power. The state reform I propose must guarantee a democratic and balanced exercise of power."

"Political and ideological differences must enrich us, not divide us... Let us accept that the democratization of the country is a national cause."

As president of the Republic, I am committed to establishing a new relationship with Indian communities... In Mexico and in Chiapas there will be a new dawning

"In a plural society there is no room for stubbornness. Tolerance is indispensable to consolidate plurality. There is a lot at stake here: the hopes of millions of Mexicans."

"New dawning"

"As president of the Republic, I am committed to establishing a new relationship with Indian communities. I will work tirelessly to accomplish this. This is a direct responsibility of the president. Brothers and sisters from Indian communities, allow me to address you especially. As president of Mexico, I pledge to work to allow for your participation in building a legal framework that guarantees autonomy and self-determination. In Mexico and in Chiapas there will be a new dawning."

"My government will promote cultural transformation that recognises values and promotes the full integration of women in all areas."

Fiscal reform

"A fiscal reform will be passed to stimulate savings and investments. Fiscal resources will be invested in the health and education of the next generation."

Quality education and employment will form a basis for eliminating poverty

"Quality education and employment will form a basis for eliminating poverty."

"PEMEX [the state oil monoploy] will continue to be owned exclusively by the nation."

"I will never concentrate power but will work to gain moral authority. We all have a role to play in the struggle in favour of Mexico. I urge all to form an alliance to move from arbitrariness to a law-based state."

"The construction of Mexico's future requires the work of everyone."

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