Mexican Public Education Secretary Estaban Moctezuma. Photo: Twitter


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tagged Public Education Secretary Esteban Moctezuma to serve as his new ambassador to Mexico, following the sudden resignation of Martha Bárecena from that post earlier this week.

“I have decided that, in accordance with the framework of the change of government in the United States, to request an agrément from Washington for Moctezuma to serve as Mexican ambassador to the United States,” AMLO announced in his daily press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

If the agrément — a diplomatic nod of approval — is granted by the United States, Moctezuma will then have to receive approval from the Mexican Seante before he can go to Washington.

AMLO took the opportunity to praise Moctezuma, who developed the controversial plan to impose nationwide televised learning instead of in-person classes during the covid-19 pandemic, for his dedication and hard work.

Bárecena announced her resignation from the diplomatic corps on Monday, Dec. 14.

She is expected to leave the chancellory in the next few weeks.

…Dec. 17, 2020

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