The current secretary of government of Mexico City, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, was appointed as the new Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport.
This was announced on Saturday’s Saturday morning by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during an event in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, in which the representative inaugurated a marine terminal.
This appointment takes place as part of the changes that the AMLO government is making at Mexican ports and customs.
On July 17, the president also announced that he handed over administrative control of ports and customs to the military, he said, to combat drug trafficking and corruption.
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«We have made the decision that land and sea customs will be in charge of the Ministry of Defense and Navy, and the same in the ports (…) and avoid the introduction of drugs,» the representative announced at a press conference.
López Obrador said he had made that determination for «mishandling and corruption» at customs «the introduction of drugs into the national territory» by seaports.
This decision triggered the resignation of the Secretary of Communications and Transport, Javier Jiménez Espriú, whose departure became official on July 23.
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In his resignation letter, the engineer confirmed that the reason for his resignation was the difference on the Ministry of the Navy being responsible for controlling the country’s customs and ports. And he warned the president of the «serious significance that I consider to have this means for the present and the future of Mexico, both economically and politically.»
Prior to these movements, on April 28, another change took place at customs: Horacio Duarte, who was one of the key officials in the Youth Building the Future program of the Secretariat of Labor, became the new Customs Manager in place of Ricardo Ahued, who returned to the Senate.
Duarte is a licensed federal deputy and was a representative of Morena to the General Council of the National Electoral Institute.
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