SCJN Minister Arturo Zaldívar Resigns from the Court
By KELIN DILLON
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Mexican Supreme Court Justice of the Nation (SCJN) Minister Arturo Zaldívar announced his resignation from his 14-year-long post at the court in order to “consolidate the transformation of a fairer and more egalitarian Mexico.”
In a letter addressed to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Zaldívar assured his resignation “is in accordance with the Mexican Constitution” and confirmed that he would not be seeking public office after leaving his position.
Now, Zaldívar will reportedly join National Regeneration Movement (Morena) presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum in her quest to win the presidential post in Mexico’s upcoming 2024 elections.
“I am not resigning for a public position, I am going to join my social political project in which I believe,” said Zaldívar. “I am joining with a woman whom I admire, sensitive, who “I have no doubt that she will be a great president.”
Sheinbaum later confirmed the two’s collaboration via a social media post on Tuesday, accompanied by a photo of the candidate and Zaldívar that was purportedly taken one day prior.
López Obrador will now need to formally accept Zaldívar’s resignation request, after which the federal executive will be tasked with sending a shortlist of potential candidates to Mexico’s Senate to fill the SCJN minister’s soon-to-be vacant position.