June 24, 2005 |
Environment Secretary Alberto Cardenas resigned to seek the presidential nomination of President Vicente Fox's National Action Party. Cardenas, a 47-year-old industrial engineer, was governor of the western state of Jalisco from 1995 until 2001, and became Fox's top environmental official in September 2003. He follows former Interior Secretary Santiago Creel into the race for the PAN nomination for the July 2006 election. Other contenders include former Chihuahua Gov.
March 12, 2003 |
Mexican President Vicente Fox was admitted to the hospital for urgent back surgery after a medical team detected a herniated disk in his spine. The problem was causing severe pain in his left leg and was affecting his ability to walk. The surgery is to take place at 8 a.m. today. It is expected to last about three hours, doctors said. Interior Secretary Santiago Creel will oversee national affairs during the operation, a presidential spokesman said.
February 25, 2005 |
Colima state Gov. Gustavo Vazquez Montes, three other state officials, a businessman and a two-man crew were killed in the crash of a small plane in Michoacan state, Mexican officials said. Interior Minister Santiago Creel did not offer any information on the possible cause of the crash. Vazquez Montes, 42, had been in office for only about a year after winning a hotly contested election that was held a second time after complaints of improprieties.
March 19, 2003 |
Mexico said Tuesday that it had deployed about 18,000 troops to increase security on its border with the United States and protect strategic installations against terrorism as war in Iraq looms. Interior Minister Santiago Creel told reporters that officials in northern border states had formed working groups to help prevent any terrorist infiltration into the United States if, as expected, U.S.-led forces attack Iraq.
July 15, 2002 |
State officials freed at least some prisoners Sunday night in hopes of winning freedom for hostages held by farmers protesting construction of a new Mexico City airport. Local television showed people who had been arrested after a clash with police on Thursday leaving a prison Sunday. Interior Secretary Santiago Creel also appealed for negotiations to end the four-day standoff, offering aid to the villagers.
August 7, 2004 |
President Vicente Fox's interior secretary took a jab at the leftist mayor of Mexico City, saying on Friday that the populist leader has acted "like a little man" in being uncooperative during a federal investigation aimed at him. Santiago Creel, who is expected to seek Fox's National Action Party's nomination for the presidency in 2006, said during a news conference that Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was "ducking things and pawning off blame on others." At the request of Atty. Gen.