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    Mexican president replaces top domestic affairs officer

    August 26, 2021 GMT
    FILE - In this  Jan. 15 , 2019 file photo, Mexico's Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero sits with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Human Rights Secretary Alejandro Encinas, front left, as they present members of the new "Truth Commission and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case" in Mexico City. Sanchez Cordero has requested to return to the senate on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, leaving her post as the Interior Secretary in the current administration. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
    FILE - In this Jan. 15 , 2019 file photo, Mexico's Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero sits with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Human Rights Secretary Alejandro Encinas, front left, as they present members of the new "Truth Commission and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case" in Mexico City. Sanchez Cordero has requested to return to the senate on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, leaving her post as the Interior Secretary in the current administration. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
    FILE - In this Jan. 15 , 2019 file photo, Mexico's Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero sits with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Human Rights Secretary Alejandro Encinas, front left, as they present members of the new "Truth Commission and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case" in Mexico City. Sanchez Cordero has requested to return to the senate on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, leaving her post as the Interior Secretary in the current administration. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president replaced the country’s first female interior secretary Thursday with an experienced politician who may help in the runup to the 2024 elections.

    Outgoing Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero was a former Supreme Court justice who brought a somewhat remote, judicious approach to the department.

    The president said her replacement will be Adán López Hernández, who is the current governor of Tabasco, the president’s home state. López Hernández said he will request a leave of absence from the governorship to accept the country’s top domestic and security post.

    López Obrador said Thursday the change came about because Sánchez Cordero wanted to return to her previous post in the Senate. But in Mexico’s increasingly politicized atmosphere, there may have been a need for a more earthy political presence in the Interior Department.

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    In the past in Mexico, the interior secretary has been the president’s lead negotiator in domestic political and social disputes.

    The post has also traditionally been a launching pad for future presidential candidates. Sánchez Cordero made it clear she has no interest in running for the presidency.