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Mexico names new energy minister

8 June 2004 – Mexican President Vincente Fox named attorney Fernando Elizondo Barragán as Mexico’s new energy minister, effective June 3, to succeed Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, who resigned.

Elizondo served as interim governor of Nuevo Leon state. He was Nuevo Leon’s finance secretary and treasurer during 1997-2002, the president’s office said in a statement last week.

Calderón resigned after Fox criticized him for participating in a May 30 rally to support Calderón’s unofficial entry in the 2006 presidential race. The National Action Party (PAN) organized the rally.

A past national PAN president, Calderón was energy minister for 9 months.