Friday, November 18, 2011

Mexico's New No.2:

As is often noted, given that Mexico does not have a vice president, the equivalent "no. 2" has often been the interior secretary. Following the recent death of José Francisco Blake Mora, it was announced yesterday that new Secretario de Gobernación will be Alejandro Poiré Romero - the fifth of the sexenio.

Notably, Poiré has only served two months or so as head of CISEN, the federal intelligence agency. That should tell you something of what, not unexpected, the priorities are for the new secretary.

On the other hand, he is also a pretty well-respected political scientist, and knows a lot about elections matters and parties. That will come handy as well. 


  1. Yikes! The administration which is going to be remembered for its questionable electoral legitimacy saves its most sensitive post for a political fixer transferred from the secret police just as the election season is getting underway. I expect we'll hear suspicions from the usual suspects.

  2. Political fixer? He's an academic. Say what you will about Calderon not going outside of his inner circle, but Poire certainly isn't some sort of lifelong PAN hack.