Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transport quits after clash over navy’s anti-drugs role

Mexico's President Lopez Obrador poses for a photo with outgoing Minister of Communications and Transportation Jimenez Espriu and new Minister Jorge Arganis Diaz, at the National Palace in Mexico City

Mexico’s communications and transportation minister said on Thursday, July 23rd, he was resigning because he disagreed with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to hand control of ports to the navy as the government seeks to curb drug trafficking.

Anxious to stop chemicals used to make narcotics entering the country, Lopez Obrador wants the navy to oversee ports and customs facilities, a decision that the outgoing minister, Javier Jimenez Espriu, was not in agreement with.

“We had a dispute that happens between free men,” Lopez Obrador said in a video announcing Jimenez Espriu’s exit. “I am very, very, very concerned about the entry of drugs, fentanyl, all this is coming in through the Pacific ports.”

An amendment will be presented to clear the way for the navy to manage the ports, Lopez Obrador said, sitting alongside Jimenez and his replacement, Jorge Arganis Diaz Leal.

Diaz is a civil engineer who once served in the Mexico City government.

Jimenez thanked the president for allowing him to be part of his government and for the understanding he had shown over his decision to quit over their difference of opinion.

Source: Reuters



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