MIN­IS­TER IS­SUES ‘PRES­I­DEN­TIAL ORDER’ TO RE­CALL FLIGHT SHE MISSED

As she was run­ning late

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A Mex­i­can govern­ment min­is­ter has stepped down from her post af­ter it emerged she or­dered an air­plane back to the gate so she could board it af­ter run­ning late for the flight.

Josefa González-blanco had just missed her work-re­lated flight to Mex­i­cali last Fri­day morn­ing when she is­sued the stun­ning ‘pres­i­den­tial order’ to Aeromex­ico staff at Mex­ico City air­port.

Much to the dis­may of pas­sen­gers who had boarded in time and were on the verge of tak­ing off, the cap­tain tax­ied the plane back to the gate so that the min­is­ter for en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources could board.

The tardy González-blanco, and an­other male pas­sen­ger who ac­com­pa­nied her on the trip, boarded Flight AM 198, which was sched­uled to de­part at 9:30am lo­cal time and even­tu­ally took off at 10:08am.

On Satur­day morn­ing she re­signed as min­is­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources amidst pub­lic back­lash, in­clud­ing from pas­sen­gers who were on the same flight.

González-blanco stressed over a se­ries of tweets that were deleted Tues­day morn­ing that it was solely her de­ci­sion and not an edict that came down from Pres­i­dent An­drés Manuel López Obrador’s of­fice that forced the plane to re­turn mo­ments be­fore its sched­uled de­par­ture.

‘There was no pres­i­den­tial order to de­lay the de­par­ture of the plane,’ she wrote on the so­cial me­dia plat­form.

‘I’m the one re­spon­si­ble for what hap­pened. The pres­i­dency never in­ter­vened.’

González-blanco also took her­self to task for her abuse of pow­ers in a coun­try plagued by cor­rup­tion across all lev­els of govern­ment, in­clud­ing law en­force­ment and ju­di­cial branches.

‘True change re­quires that no one has priv­i­leges and that the ben­e­fit of one, whether it be to ful­fil its func­tions, is not above the wel­fare of the ma­jor­ity,’ González-blanco.

The shamed ex-min­is­ter also tweeted: ‘The trans­for­ma­tion of Mex­ico be­gins with per­sonal con­vic­tion and the con­gru­ence of our ac­tions. That is why I have sub­mit­ted my res­ig­na­tion to Pres­i­dent López Obrador. I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to serve Mex­ico and will con­tinue to do so from other trenches.’

Mex­ico’s Pres­i­dent An­drés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to sell the pres­i­den­tial plane worth al­most $300mil­lion

Josefa González-blanco (right) stepped down from Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent An­drés Manuel López Obrador’s cabi­net as min­is­ter for en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources af­ter she said it was her de­ci­sion to de­lay the de­par­ture of a plane af­ter she ar­rived late at the air­port in Mex­ico City

A tardy Josefa González-blanco or­dered Aeromex­ico to re­turn a plane to the gate at an air­port in Mex­ico City

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