Mexican president revamps cabinet, removes six ministers

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto appoints seven new ministers in cabinet reshuffle in mid-term shakeup of his administration

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Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday for the first time

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday for the first time by removing six ministers, shuffling another four to new positions  and keeping his finance and interior ministers in place.

"I have decided to make changes to meet new circumstances and challenges we have as a country," Pena Nieto said during a press conference, whose terms runs until 2018.

Mexican President replaced the country's national security chief on Thursday, a month-and-a half after infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who is actively sought by America and Mexica, escaped from a maximum security prison.

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido, whose job was at risk following the brazen escape from maximum security prison by drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in July, has been replaced by the head of the anti-kidnapping commission, Renato Sales.

President Nieto shifted Jose Antonio Meade from the foreign minister post to the head of Social Development. He will be replaced by Claudia Ruiz Massieu in the Foreign Ministry, who had previously served as tourism minister.

However, while some of positions are simply changing hands, other officials will lose their spots in the top echelon of government.Jesus Murillo Karam, Monte Alejandro Rubido, Emilio Chuayffet, Enrique Martinez y Martinez, who held the titles of Sedatu, the National Public Security Commission, SEP and SAGARPA, respectively, will not continue in the cabinet.

"This is a government that works in a team to change the country,” Pena Nieto said.

Pena Nieto also appointed new heads for other ministries including agriculture, environment, and urban development.

Despite a steep decline in the Mexican peso and falling oil prices, the president did not announce any changes in his economic team.

Pena Nieto has seen serious declines in his approval ratings in recent polls. Forbes reported that a recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that Peña Nieto’s public approval rating goes down 7 percent compared to the last year, falling from 51 percent in 2014 to 44 percent in 2015.


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