Top Mex­i­can se­cu­rity aide re­signs amid elec­tion spat

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

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.”

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