With the goal of completing his flagship projects, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador begins his last year in office today.
To finalize most of the works that he started in the first phase of his political project, the president will dedicate the majority of his time.
The Maya Train, the most emblematic work of the current six-year term, will be delivered tentatively in December of this year. To avoid delays in the construction, the head of the Executive branch conducts tours of Campeche, Chiapas, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo to oversee the progress of the work. He typically conducts these tours through helicopter flyovers or on board the trains themselves on the sections that are already operational.
The Dos Bocas Refinery represents a special challenge, especially since the Secretary of Energy, Rocío Nahle, is about to resign from the government to focus on her campaign for the governorship of Veracruz.
On September 22nd, the President stated that the official came to the National Palace to bring him the first samples of gasoline and diesel that the refinery is starting to process, which should be in operation by the end of this year.
The interoceanic corridor includes the modernization of the railway and highway connecting Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, with Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, and it will be completed by the end of the six-year term. In this case, there will be ten industrial parks along the 320 kilometers of the corridor, reserved for Mexican companies.
The project for clean water in La Laguna, aqueducts and dams in Sinaloa and Nayarit, the new irrigation district in Sonora, rural roads in the southeast, power plants for the Yucatán Peninsula, wind power plants in Sonora, gas liquefaction plants in the Gulf and the Pacific, the modernization of hydroelectric plants, the renovation of the six refineries, the train connection to the AIFA, the completion of the Mexico-Toluca train, and the construction of rural roads are other projects that the president often supervises during the weekend tours he conducts.
The President himself has set out to work 16 hours a day in the remaining year of his government to be able to complete the projects that are underway.
The President has reiterated on several occasions that he did not seek any legal recourse to extend his term in office and has acknowledged that his political life will end on September 30, 2024.
López Obrador will be the first president to be affected by the electoral reform published on February 10, 2017, which states that starting in 2024, the President will take office on October 1 of the election year.
This reduces the transition period by about four months, which used to begin after the election and end on December 1 with the presidential inauguration ceremony.
The President has frequently addressed this issue in his morning press conferences and in his rallies in various parts of the country, where he states that, despite the insistence of attendees at his public ceremonial events, he will fulfill the term for which he was elected and no more.
OTHER PENDING PROJECTS
- The project for clean water in La Laguna.
- Aqueducts and dams in Sinaloa and Nayarit.
- The new irrigation district in Sonora.
- Power plants for the Yucatán Peninsula.
- Wind power plants in Sonora.
- Gas liquefaction plants in the Gulf and the Pacific.
- The modernization of hydroelectric plants.
- The renovation of the six refineries.
- The Mexico-Toluca train.