On the Yucatán Peninsula, the change is scheduled to take place as early as this month when security responsibilities will be taken by the Marines from Mexico’s National Guard.
The transition has already taken place in Mexico City’s Benito Juarez Airport, in Terminals 1 and 2.
It has also been announced that members of the armed forces will be taking control of customs security in Progreso’s port.
“We are taking these measures to safeguard security while at the same time fighting off privatization and freeing up resources for important infrastructure projects,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Since assuming the presidency, López Obrador has relied heavily on Mexico’s armed forces for several key infrastructure projects and to offer security.
This is despite his criticism of past administrations for “militarizing” the country.
Like in the United States, Mexico’s president also serves as the country’s commander in chief, giving him full discretion over the armed forces.
Critics noted that the relationship AMLO has forged with the armed forces is too close for comfort and raises significant constitutional concerns.
Though Mexico’s armed forces are not without scandal or controversy, they remain one of the institutions most trusted by Mexicans, according to a recent poll by El Financiero.
The institutions with the lowest levels of trust in the country include political parties, followed by the state police, justice ministers, and municipal officials.