Mexican president replaces interior minister in cabinet reshuffle (2)

09:15, July 15, 2010      

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Mexico's interior minister also manages the president's relationship with the two chambers of the nation's legislature, and with the governors of the country's 32 states.

Calderon has pledged to seek new consensus with political parties to strengthen the fight against organized crimes following the murder of Rodolfo Torre Cantu, a gubernatorial candidate in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas ahead of the July 4 regional elections.

"Dialogue, tolerance, justice and respect for plurality will be my guiding values," Blake told the same press conference. "I will work hard so that rule of law will be a pillar of development."

Blake has been in charge of security in the Baja California since 2007. The state is one of many Mexican northern border states which suffer from drug-related violence as local gangs vie to control cocaine trafficking routes to the United States, the world's largest market for illicit drugs.

Calderon also announced that Patricia Flores Elizondo, head of the president's office will be replaced by Economy Minister Gerardo Ruiz Mateos.

Bruno Ferrari, the current head of export promotion body ProMexico, will take over from Ruiz. Ferrari will be Calderon's third economy minister.

Calderon has made 29 changes of cabinet level posts since taking office in December 2006.

Source: Xinhua
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