MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday that he was not ruling out more changes to his Cabinet following the resignations of two officials in recent days.
“If there’s an imbalance, before there were eight women and eight men (in the Cabinet). But we’re going to fix it because there may perhaps be other changes, and that will balance things,” Lopez Obrador, the founder and leader of the leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena), said during his daily press conference at the National Palace.
Lopez Obrador said Victor Manuel Toledo would be the new head of the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat, replacing Josefa Gonzalez Blanco, who resigned over the weekend amid a controversy over an airline flight.
Gonzalez Blanco submitted her resignation letter on Saturday to Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO.
The former environment secretary said she was out of line for making a commercial airline flight wait for her after arriving at the airport late.
Toledo is “a professional specialist in this area,” AMLO said.
With Toledo’s appointment, the Cabinet will no longer have an equal number of men and women.
On Monday, AMLO named Sen. Ricardo Ahued as head of the customs service, replacing Ricardo Peralta, who was named government undersecretary last week.
Peralta succeeds Zoe Robledo, who was named director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).
The former IMSS chief, German Martinez Cazares, resigned to protest budget cuts that he said made it difficult to serve the public.
“They are good citizens and good public servants, professionals, honest people, this is the main thing that sets them apart,” the president said.
Toledo, according to information provided by the Office of the President, holds a doctorate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), has published 200 papers and founded and ran a research network.
Ahued, for his part, served as a senator from Veracruz and was the mayor of Xalapa from 2005 to 2007.
The politician, who held a seat in the lower house of Congress from 2009 to 2012, was a member of the Senate Finance and Public Credit Committee, the Justice Committee and the Water Resources Committee, among others.