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The Mexican Foreign Service, to the bank.

The proposals or appointments of ambassadors and consuls by President López Obrador have become a kind of Chabelo-type cataphyx, where the prize could consist of dispatching from a beautiful palace on Paseo de la Bonanova in Barcelona (Mexican consulate) or staying with a cardboard piñata in their hands, as has happened to dozens of young diplomats who decided to bet 20 years ago on the Mexican Foreign Service (SEM), but who, to this day, do not receive opportunities to be promoted.

The times in which Claudia Pavlovich, as governor of Sonora, asked the Undersecretary of Communications and Transportation Raúl Murrieta to repeat a tender so that her friends could win it seem distant (the recording of the talk was revealed by the Reforma newspaper).

Alfonso Durazo won the governorship of Sonora, and as a prize, Pavlovich will be able to dispatch from the beautiful palace on Paseo de la Bonanova in Barcelona. Pavlovich, unlike Quirino Ordaz, will not have to obtain the approval of the Government of Spain. In that palace Fidel Herrera also dispatched, sent by the then president Peña Nieto.

The ex-governor of Campeche, also a PRI member Carlos Miguel Aysa, obtained the embassy in the Dominican Republic in the cataphyx. The morenista Layda Sansores won the governorship of Campeche.

Laura Esquivel, Eduardo Villegas and Pedro Salmerón, close to the president’s wife, would go to Brazil, Russia and Panama, respectively.

Salmerón commented at the time that the command that tried to kidnap and murdered businessman Eugenio Garza Sada was made up of “brave young people.”

At ITAM, several female students have revealed that they were harassed by Salmerón.

Diplomacy professionals will not go to Nicaragua and Venezuela either. The Oaxacan activist Leopoldo de Gyves will receive the approval of Nicolás Maduro.

The journalist Guillermo Zamora, author of the book Goebbels vs. Hugo Chávez, will go to Nicaragua, whose dictator Daniel Ortega has just carried out an electoral parody.

What was salvageable yesterday was the appointment of Alicia Bárcena as director of the Matías Romero Institute, however, the decision seems to be the prelude to her appointment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the time Marcelo Ebrard leaves her to start his campaign with a view to 2024 .

The surprise is no longer the profile of those designated as ambassadors and consuls, the surprise consists in the silence of various SEM lambiscons.


Fausto Pretelin Munoz de Cote

Consultant, academic, editor

Globali… what?

He was a research professor in the Department of International Studies at ITAM, published the book Referendum Twitter and was an editor and collaborator in various newspapers such as 24 Horas, El Universal, Milenio. He has published in magazines such as Foreign Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Life&Style, Chilango and Revuelta. He is currently an editor and columnist at El Economista.

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