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Mexico’s new president creates a Truth Commission for 43 missing students

Mexico City, Mexico — As promised, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his new government with a meeting between the entire security cabinet, where the signing of his first decree to create a Truth Commission to investigate the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa in 2014 took place.

The presidential order, which the new government considers the “first step” for victims of violence to have access to justice, establishes that the commission should start working in 30 days with the participation of international organizations and family members of the victims to open doors to investigate the army thoroughly.

This was one of the demands by the parents of the disappeared students that has never been fulfilled.

“The truth is not going to be hidden. We are not going to cover anyone up,” said López Obrador. “I assure you that there will be no impunity,” he told the parents while saying that his government will be respectful of the separation of powers but “we are going to be aware, we are not going to wash our hands” because “this is an issue of state”.

In a press conference moments before, the president guaranteed that the investigation would involve “the whole government” including the army.

The signing of the decree took place in an unprecedented scenario while the parents of the students were in front of the Secretary of Defense, General Luis Cresentcio Sandoval, with the photos of their children shouting “they were taken alive! We want them alive!” in the National Palace.

During his press conference he sent a strong message saying “I have the reins of power in my hands, that is, there is a government in Mexico.”

Flanked by the commanders of the armed forces and those responsible for Interior and Security, López Obrador said that the purpose of the morning cabinet meetings was to take the real pulse of the situation throughout the country and ensure the safety of Mexicans.