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MEXICO CITY - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched a parallel government Monday and swore himself in as Mexico's "legitimate" president, a ceremony the leftist hopes will keep alive his protests to undermine the man who defeated him at the polls.
The inauguration ceremony is the latest chapter in Lopez Obrador's unsuccessful battle for the presidency. He claims fraud and dirty campaign tactics were responsible for President-elect Felipe Calderon's narrow victory in the July 2 vote, and his parallel government could spend the next six years calling for street protests that have already dented the economy and prompted travel warnings from the U.S. Embassy.
While the red-green-and-white presidential sash draped across Lopez Obrador's shoulders Monday lacks legal recognition, he hopes to assume the moral leadership of millions of poor Mexicans.
Based in Mexico City, Lopez Obrador's parallel government has its own Cabinet, but it will not collect taxes or make laws and will rely on donations to carry out its plans.
"I swear to honor and fulfill the constitution as the legitimate president," Lopez Obrador said to tens of thousands of supporters in Mexico City's main plaza, the Zocalo.
He said his first action would be to hold a plebescite on the drafting of a new constitution that would demand fairness and plurality in the media and combat business monopolies.
There are three main components of the Army: a national headquarters, territorial commands, and independent units. The Minister of Defense commands the Army by means of a very centralized system and a large number of general officers. The Army uses a modified continental staff system in its headquarters. The Army is the largest branch of Mexico's armed services.
At present there are 12 Military Regions, which are further broken down into 44 subordinate Military Zones. In both cases, a numbering system is used for designation. There is no set number of zones within a region, and these can therefore be tailored to meet operational needs, with a corresponding increase or decrease in troop strength.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
I just hope the majority of Mexicans fight against this puppet government that was ``elected`` by the CIA to bring the North American Union.
Do you believe that the Mexican government could be overthrown without military force ?
Do you think that the people that would replace the current government would be any better ?
Do you think that any political comprise would only delay a civil war ?
Hardly. It would be very long, bloody and I think it would end into a great division of the country and an assassination of the next 2 presidents, it depends on how many people are in the uprising and the CIA operations in the country to further their interests and the NAU.
If the military option is used do you believe that Lopez forces could achieve a military victory ?
Vitchilo do you see a Vietnam situation developing minus the wide scale US involvement ?