Mexico's new 'common man' president hits the ground running

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Mexico's new 'common man' president hits the ground running
Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, participates in a traditional indigenous ceremony at the Zocalo, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Mexicans are getting more than just a new president Saturday. The inauguration of Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the world's most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s newly inaugurated president has hit the ground running, with his pledge to govern as a common man and end decades of secrecy, heavy security and luxury enjoyed by past presidents.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sported slightly ruffled hair at his first early morning news conference as president, which started at 7 a.m. local time Monday.

Lopez Obrador took his first airplane flight as president Sunday, boarding a commercial flight with the rest of the passengers. He promised to sell the presidential jet.

Lopez Obrador arrived at Mexico City’s National Palace in the same white compact car he used before taking office Saturday. Lopez Obrador refused the military body guards used by past presidents.