La Jornada – AMLO proposes Josefa Gonzalez Blanco as Ambassador to the United Kingdom

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has sent four new diplomatic appointments to the Senate for approval, including the appointment of Joseph González Blanco Ortiz Mina, as the Extraordinary Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the international organizations present in that country. She was the head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Ceymarnat) in the first five months of the current government, but was forced to resign when it was announced that she had forced Aeromexico’s flight to postpone it.

When the academy and environmental scientist, daughter of Patrocinho González Garrido, the former governor of Chiapas province and former interior minister, resigned, she said that the reasons for leaving the position were that “real change requires that no one enjoys privileges.”

During her tenure at Semarnat, Josefa González Blanco was involved in other controversies, in her 3 of 3 declaration acknowledging the existence of a potential conflict of interest in matters of energy, mining and tourism, and being criticized for her handling of the sargassum crisis in Quintana Roo.

Of the other three appointments, only one has diplomatic experience. It is Edmundo Font López, proposed to the Embassy in Malaysia, and Mexico’s representative in Colombia, India and Sri Lanka.

Gustavo Alonso Cabrera Rodriguez, appointed by the President as Mexican Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua, held various positions in public administration, was previously Sedue and collaborated in the then Federal District governments, and later in one government in Mexico City.

Francisco José Quiroga Fernández, proposed as ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, has served in the current government as the Under Secretary of Mining, at the Economy Ministry, since his disappearance due to federal austerity measures.

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