ASSOCIATED PRESS: Leftwing politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador has assumed Mexico’s presidency with a promise to profoundly transform Latin America’s second-biggest economy and to lead a government free of corruption.

Seemingly tireless at 65, López Obrador – known as Amlo – breezed through a day of public appearances on Saturday that included taking the oath of office, speaking to Congress and attending an inaugural celebration in the centre of Mexico City.

He received a spiritual cleansing by indigenous leaders as part of the festivities, in which traditional healers brushed him with bunches of herbs and blew incense smoke over him. They invoked the spirits of their ancestors and the land to liberate him from any bad influences.

“What we want, what we desire is to purify public life in Mexico,” Amlo said during the ceremony. “I repeat my commitment: I will not lie, I will not steal or betray the people of Mexico.”

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