/ Modified sep 14, 2021 8:09 a.m.

Sonora's new governor slams predecessors, promises major changes

Alfonso Durazo was sworn into office Monday.

360 alfonso durazo Former Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo was elected governor of the state of Sonora in June 2021.
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Sonora’s new governor was sworn into office Monday. During his first public address in office, he slammed previous leaders as corrupt and ineffective, and promised to bring major changes to the state.

Sonora’s newly inaugurated governor, Alfonso Durazo, touched on everything from security to education and tourism to trade during an hourlong speech Monday — his first from the governor’s palace in Hermosillo.

But his overriding message was a promise to transform Sonora during his six years in office — an extension of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's so-called “fourth transformation” of Mexico, which he says is a revolutionary movement to end corruption and income disparities, and make the country self‐​sufficient.

"I will not fail you," Durazo said. "Long live the fourth Transformation! Long live President López Obrador! Long live Sonora! Love live Mexico!"

Durazo, who brought harsh criticism against former governors, calling them corrupt and saying they hadn't done enough for the people of Sonora, promised to demand complete honesty from everyone in his government. He also praised the federal government's efforts to expand military and national guard presence in Sonora and said he would double Sonora's state police within his first year in office. And he reiterated the president's long-standing promise to help Mexico's poor, saying he would bring prosperity to Sonora by starting with those most in need.

Durazo is a member of the president’s Morena party and previously served as Mexico’s security secretary. He won the governor’s race by wide margins during Mexico’s June elections.

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