The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, confirmed this Wednesday changes in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) after the resignation of Víctor Manuel Toledo, for health reasons, and the arrival of María Luisa Albores, current secretary of Wellness.
The president said that Toledo submitted his resignation because “he is in poor health” and pointed out that public service produces stress, something that López Obrador “thought did not exist.”
In a video published after the morning conference, Toledo assured along with the president and his substitute, María Luisa Albores, that his resignation is “exempt from any political situation” and is due to his age (74 years), to “the threat of the pandemic “and a” heart disease of more than a decade. “
“Not all of us are made to resist pressure. Toledo is a person of the first order, honest, professional. I would say that he is the ecologist, the most cultured environmentalist in the country and consistent,” the president had warned in the morning.
Toledo had not starred in any public appearance since last August 5 an audio of unknown origin was leaked to the media in which he attacked the current government.
In addition, he reproached López Obrador, that the Chief of Staff, Alfonso Romo, and several ministers “are against” the ecological agenda that the Ministry of the Environment is trying to promote, in which its flag is to prohibit the use of glyphosate.
López Obrador said that the now former secretary confided to him that “he was not feeling well because his health was not helping him and that he had been thinking of resigning before the controversy over the agrochemical was generated.”
He commented that Toledo will return to the academy because he is a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and in his place comes María Luisa Albores “who is also an environmentalist and is the current head of the Ministry of Welfare.”
Albores said in the joint video with López Obrador and Toledo that in his policy “the indigenous communities and peoples must be at the center.”
“We have a historical debt and that debt is with our indigenous peoples. The approach is to continue weaving,” summed up the new secretary, who wished that the Environment department could “converge” with the rest of the cabinet.
The current Undersecretary, Javier May Rodríguez, will assume the position in front of the Welfare Secretariat.
On the other hand, the president reiterated that, due to the austerity plan, 10 undersecretariats of different ministries such as the Interior, Energy, Finance and Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development will be eliminated.