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Mexican president names friend as new interior minister

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MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday tapped a friend, the governor of his home state of Tabasco, Adan Lopez, as interior minister, replacing the outgoing Olga Sanchez.

Sanchez, who was the first woman to occupy the role, will return to her prior post as a lawmaker in the Senate, which she left after Lopez Obrador took office in 2018.

In a video posted on Twitter, the president presented Lopez as his “friend, countryman and close companion.”

“We are satisfied with this decision and welcome (Sanchez) back,” the ruling party’s Senate leader Ricardo Monreal said in a statement. (Reporting by Anthony Esposito and Adriana Barrera; Writing by Anthony Esposito and Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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