President sells bulletproof cars
MEXICO CITY (AP):
Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador says his administration has auctioned off most of the bulletproof and luxury vehicles used by past presidents.
Lopez Obrador has eschewed the traditional trappings of power since taking office on December 1. He uses a compact Volkswagen car and refuses to live in the sprawling presidential residence compound, instead remaining in a middle-class condo.
He has pledged to sell off the presidential jet and instead use commercial flights. He also disbanded Mexico’s equivalent of the Secret Service.
Lopez Obrador said yesterday that 196 of the 218 vehicles were sold at auction, bringing in $3.25 million.
Surprisingly, given Mexico’s violence problem, almost all of the 22 vehicles that didn’t sell were bulletproof SUVs.
Lopez Obrador said the money raised would be used for social programmes.