MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Mexican government’s undersecretary for security, who was the visible face of President Andres Manuel López Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” strategic policy, has resigned from his post to pursue a political career under other guises. can be continued.
Ricardo Mejia, one of the relevant figures in López Obrador’s cabinet, resigned from his post on Friday and announced that he would run as the Labor Party’s candidate to compete for the governorship of the border state of Coahuila in the June elections. Will contest elections.
Mejia wrote, “I have decided to break away from my work in order to dedicate all my work to the cause of the transformation of Coahuila.”
Mejia, who had been number two in security in Mexico for more than three years, wanted to be the candidate for governor of Coahuila for the pro-government National Regeneration Movement (MURRENA), but the organization called a ballot to choose someone else. used.
Mejia did not hide his dismay at the decision of the Morena leadership, a movement he sympathized with. The Labor Party, in which he will continue his political career, has long been an ally of the ruling party, but Mejia now apparently wants to distance himself from a popular ruling in order to become governor.
As the 2024 presidential elections approach, the landscape of a possible high-level defection is growing in Morena.
López Obrador referred to his movement as the “Fourth Change”, but Mejia said in his resignation letter that it could continue.
Mejia wrote, “The Fourth Change is a state vision and commitment that is not limited by any partisan label.”
López Obrador is disinterested in internal party politics or in resolving the internal disputes of Murray, a political tent he assembled from disparate political elements to support his failed presidential bid in 2012.
Since 2018, when López Obrador became president, Murray has experienced dizzying growth that has consolidated control of Congress and 21 of the country’s 32 governors.
But the party has little to unite it other than its popular president, and there is speculation that the organization will disintegrate when López Obrador ends his six-year term in 2024.
At least two other high-level politicians are competing for Murray’s 2024 presidential candidacy, along with Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.
There are doubts about whether Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard and Murray’s leader in the Senate, Ricardo Monreal, will remain in the party if they are not nominated.