Top Mexican security aide resigns amid election spat
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president accepted the resignation Wednesday of his top domestic security official, Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont, and replaced him with a former lawmaker.
President Felipe Calderón praised the hands-on experience the new federal interior secretary, Francisco Blake, gained serving in the same post at the state level in Baja California, a border state plagued by drug violence.
The announcement came after a highly publicized dispute between Gómez Mont and Calderón over the advisability of forming electoral alliances with leftist parties to prevent a predicted wave of victories by the rival Institutional Revolutionary Party.
Gómez Mont heatedly opposed such alliances.
The new interior secretary, Blake, stressed his commitment to human rights and press freedoms, and promised “a democratic security policy, supported not only by the forces of law and order, but also by the three branches of government, and society as a whole.”