Lopez Obrador taps ex-mayor of Mexico City as top diplomat

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that he will propose former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard to be the country's next top diplomat.

Lopez Obrador said in a news conference that his previous pick, Hector Vasconcelos, was elected as a senator and will serve in that body.

"I have all confidence in him" and "he is a man who is going to help us a lot," Lopez Obrador said of his new choice for foreign relations secretary.

Ebrard was mayor of the Mexican capital from 2006 to 2012, following Lopez Obrador's term there.

The selection of Ebrard could draw opposition when it is time for his confirmation.

A new subway line built during his tenure suffered from design problems that caused excessive wear on rails. Line 12 was closed for nearly a year forcing hundreds of thousands of people to use buses instead.

During a wide-ranging news conference Thursday, Lopez Obrador also said that U.S. President Donald Trump would be invited to attend his inauguration along with other heads of state.

Lopez Obrador was elected Sunday in a landslide. He will take office Dec. 1.

The president-elect said he was considering getting some sort of personal security after receiving a lot of advice on his habit of driving around in a sedan with no bodyguards, raising fears for his safety.

He said that he was "analyzing it" after many politicians, including one of his top Cabinet picks, said he should get protection.

Lopez Obrador said before his crushing victory in Sunday's election that he would not use Mexico's equivalent of the secret service and would merge it back with the army, of which it is a branch.

In the four days since he was elected, he has repeatedly said he didn't want bodyguards and that "the people will protect me."

He has also said the crowd of press also serves to protect him, but complained half-jokingly about the crush of journalists that accompany him everywhere — even interviewing him from motorcycles that shadow his car's every move.

He said Thursday: "I would like a little, just a little bit, of privacy."