Mexico’s new president has taken first steps in leading the country as a “common man.” He says his rule marks the end of years of secrecy, high security and luxuryliving enjoyed by past presidents.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in Saturday to a six-year term. By Monday morning, he was already holding his first news conference.

Such events were extremely rare in past presidencies. Lopez Obrador told reporters that he plans to hold a press conference almost every day. He did the same as mayor of Mexico City from 2000 to 2005.

There have already been other signs of changes, too. Mexico’s presidential airplane, for example, has been sent to California to be prepared for sale. Mexico paid $368 million for the plane in 2012, just before Enrique Pena Nieto took office as president.

The decision to sell the costly airplane is part of the new leader’s push for austerityor money-saving measures. Lopez Obrador plans to continue flying on commercial planes in coach, the lowest priced area of seats.

He arrived at Mexico City’s National Palace Sunday in the same small, white car he used before becoming president. He has refused the military bodyguards used by past presidents. Instead, he travels with a small team of assistants who also provide security.

“I feel safe, protected and supported by the Mexican people,” Lopez Obrador said.

Exercise 1


Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.


luxury (n)  /ˈlʌkʃəri/ - a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth

  • living in luxury



Exercise 2 


Answer these questions about the article.

  1. What kind of man new president wants to be?
  2. How long is his term?
  3. How does he feel?
  4. What kind of car does he have?



Exercise 3

Fill in the blanks

Fill in the blanks with the correct word listed below.


  1. He was living in _______.



Exercise 4


Have a discussion on following questions.

  1. How Mexico looked like before the new president?
  2. Will he be rich?
  3. Is a president of your country rich?
  4. Is it better to have a rich president or normal president?




This lesson is based on a news article originally published by learningenglish.voanews.