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What Do Cabinet Picks Say About Mexico’s Direction?

Mexican President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum has announced several cabinet selections. Among them is Marcelo Ebrard, who was tapped as economy minister. // File Photo: Mexican Government.

Since her election in early June, Mexican President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum has announced several cabinet picks, drawing heavily from her time in both academia and government. Among the cabinet selections, former presidential candidate and Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard was selected as economy minister, Alicia Bárcena, the current foreign minister, will head the environment ministry, Juan Ramón de la Fuente is to lead the foreign ministry and Luz Elena González was named energy minister. What do these selections say about what can be expected from Sheinbaum’s administration? What strengths and expertise do these individuals bring to Mexico, in terms of economic policy, foreign policy and domestic issues, such as security? How much will this cabinet differ from that of Sheinbaum’s predecessor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador?

Arantza Alonso, Americas senior analyst at Verisk Maplecroft: “Continuity with a twist is President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum’s approach to her cabinet. Her appointments include sitting members of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)’s cabinet—such as ministers Rosa Icela Rodríguez (public security), Alicia Bárcena (foreign affairs) and former presidential candidate and Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard—as well as former members of her Mexico City cabinet and her campaign staff. Contrary to AMLO’s predilection for loyalty over experience, Sheinbaum to date has selected a team of highly educated, knowledgeable and experienced public servants. This signals a commitment to…”

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