Cabinet changes announced

President Calderón announced three cabinet changes to start the second half of his sexenio. All three slots are areas where changes were expected.

Arturo Chávez Chávez was nominated to become Attorney General. (This post requires Senate confirmation.) He replaces Eduardo Medina-Mora who will go to the foreign service. Chávez is a law partner in the firm of Diego Fernández de Cevallos, has been Undersecretary of Government, and—most controversially—was Attorney General in Chihuahua when the scandal of the missing and murdered women in Ciudad Juárez first came to light. Chávez was forced to resign in 1998 after the Human Rights Commission issued a highly critical report of the investigations into the murders.

Juan José Suárez Coppel was named to head Pemex in place of Jesús Reyes Heroles. Suárez Coppel was CFO of Pemex during the Fox government and chief of staff in the Ministry of Finance under Francisco Gil Díaz.

Agriculture Secretary Alberto Cárdenas was replaced by Francisco Javier Mayorga, who held the same position at the close of the Fox administration. (Universal 9/7, Excelsior 9/8)

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