Tuesday, June 18, 2024

AMLO names Marath Bolaños López as new labor minister

President López Obrador announced Tuesday that Marath Bolaños López will replace Luisa María Alcalde Luján as labor minister.

Bolaños is currently deputy labor minister for employment and labor productivity, and previously served as an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bolaños and Alcalde
The deputy labor minister (left) will replace Luisa María Alcalde (right), who was named as the new interior minister on Monday. (Marath Bolaños/Twitter)

López Obrador said Monday that Alcalde would become interior minister following the resignation of Adán Augusto López Hernández, who is seeking the ruling Morena party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

Marcelo Ebrard also resigned last week to pursue Morena’s candidacy, prompting the president to appoint Ambassador to Chile and former United Nations official Alicia Bárcena as foreign affairs minister.

López Obrador noted at his Tuesday morning news conference that Bolaños has been responsible for the Youths Building the Future apprenticeship scheme in his role as deputy labor minister.

Among his challenges as labor minister will be dealing with labor issues related to the USMCA free trade pact. Last Friday, the United States requested a labor rights review at a Grupo México-owned mine in Zacatecas in light of allegations that the company violated workers’ rights.

López Obrador also observed that Bolaños is young and therefore would further contribute to “generational change” in his government.

“I believe he is the same age as Luisa María [35]. Tomorrow we’ll announce another change,” he said without offering further details.

With reports from Reforma, El Universal and El Economista

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