The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) ruled out on Thursday making new changes in the cabinet to face the second half of his term and said he did not know if the Attorney General of the Republic, Alejandro Gertz Manero, plans his resignation.
Asked on Thursday’s “morning” about possible modifications to his equipment, AMLO replied: “No, not anymore. Just to introduce something special, but the changes have already been made”.
López Obrador affirmed that the last change was the departure last week of the Undersecretary of Expenditures, Victoria Rodríguez Ceja, nominated for governor of the Bank of Mexico, who will be replaced by Juan Pablo de Botton, current director general of the National Bank of Foreign Trade ( Bancomext) and Nacional Financiera (Nafin).
After the midterm elections of June 6, in which Morena retained the absolute majority of the Chamber of Deputies but did not reach a three-quarters majority to modify the Constitution, López Obrador announced changes in his team to face the second part of his mandate, which ends in 2024.
Changes in AMLO’s cabinet
The first to leave the Government was the Secretary of the Treasury Arturo Herrera, who was to be nominated to be governor of the Bank of Mexico, but finally AMLO changed his mind and proposed Rodríguez Ceja.
In June, the president also dismissed the secretary of the Public Function, Irma Eréndira Sandoval, in charge of fighting corruption, who was replaced by Roberto Salcedo.
In August, the Secretary of the Interior Olga Sánchez Cordero resigned to preside over the Senate and in his place Adán Augusto López was appointed.
While in November, the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), Santiago Nieto, resigned after marrying in Guatemala in an ostentatious wedding surrounded by controversy.
Asked about rumors of a possible resignation of the attorney general, López Obrador said Thursday that he does not have “much communication” with Gertz Manero, since he is “autonomous to independent”.
AMLO said that he saw him a couple of months ago and was “struck” by that “he is physically very well and lucid” at 82 years of age.
“I do not want him to be ill nor do I want him to resign because I trust him and I think he is a good prosecutor,” he said.