The Senate of the Republic elected Margarita Ríos-Farjat as the new Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice on Thursday, to serve a 15-year term in office.
The senators voted Diana Alvarez Maury, 25 to Ana Laura Magaloni Kerpel, and 94 for Margarita Ríos-Farjat.
The current holder of the Tax Administration System (SAT) will fill the vacancy left by Eduardo Medina Mora, who resigned and faces complaints to the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic for alleged money laundering.
Margarita Ríos Farjat worked in the Judiciary between 1996 and 1999, worked in the private sector and holds a doctorate from Tec de Monterrey.
During the discussion on the eligibility of the applicants, the PAN senator, Damian Zepeda, said that only with Ana Laura Magaloni did the conflict of interest be avoided, or of having subordination to the executive branch.
«Are we going to put someone who works in the Executive Branch today as a minister of the Court? I don’t think it’s right,» he said of Rios-Farjat, who currently has the sAT holder.
As far as the government of López Obrador, three ministers or ministers of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the country, have been appointed.
In December 2018 he was appointed Juan Luis González Alcántara Carrancá, replacing José Ramón Cossío Díaz.
Then in March of this year, she was appointed as Minister Yasmín Esquivel Mossa, questioned by civil organizations in the face of a possible conflict of interest, as it is contractor’s wife José María Rioboó, businessman close to President López Obrador.
During their appearance before the Senate Justice Committee, the three applicants spoke out against criminalizing abortion and in favor of regulating the consumption of marijuana, as well as pointing out the importance of keeping the judiciary autonomous.
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