Olga Sánchez Cordero Named President of the SenateBy Sofía Hanna | Fri, 08/27/2021 - 11:40
Olga Sánchez Cordero was just appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to preside the Mexican Senate. The Governor of Tabasco Adán Augusto López Hernández will take over her current position as Minister of Interior.
President López Obrador, through a video published on his social network, announced the appointment of López Hernández to allow Sánchez Cordero to preside over the Board of Directors in the Senate. “I have invited my countryman, friend and close companion, Adán Augusto López Hernández, Governor of Tabasco, to occupy the post of Minister of Interior. I ask my countrymen to allow him to come and help me to finish consolidating the country’s transformation process,” said López Obrador.
At the time of the announcement, there were four candidates from Morena to lead the Senate: Ana Lilia Rivera, Imelda Castro, Marybel Villegas and Bertha Caraveo. That same day, Senator Ricardo Monreal pointed out that he had already spoken with the coordinators of the benches to agree on the election of Sánchez Cordero. “The four (senators who sought to head the Senate), in coordination with the group, have decided that the one who represents the group as our possible president of the Board of Directors is Olga Sánchez Cordero. There will be no Board of Directors election tomorrow, which was scheduled from 8:00 to 9:30 in the morning,” said Monreal.
López Hernández graduated from the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco with a degree in Law and a master’s degree in Political Science from the School of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Paris II. He has held several governmental positions, starting as Secretary General of PRI but joined PRD in 2003. Three years later, he became regional coordinator of López Obrador’s presidential campaign.
Olga Sánchez Cordero is a graduate of UNAM and did her postgraduate studies in Social Policy and Administration in Great Britain. She was the first woman notary in the then Federal District, served as a permanent magistrate of the Superior Court of Justice from 1993 to 1995 and was a minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) from February 1995 to November 2015. In 2018, she was elected senator, but a month after taking the protest, she asked for indefinite leave to join the cabinet of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “She is a capable woman, she is a talented woman, she is a woman with the capacity for openness and dialogue and she will represent us with dignity on the Board of Directors,” said Monreal.