In less than six months Mexico will go to the polls to elect a new president. And December is traditionally the month when parties roll out their candidates, setting the scene for a campaign that kicks into top gear in early February.
This week, frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador formally registered as the candidate – his third attempt to win the presidency – for his Morena Party.
This was no surprise, but in an unusual opening gambit Thursday, the populist, leftist candidate announced the names of the collaborators who will make up his cabinet should he be elected.
There were, however, a few surprises on the list, including his tapping of Carlos Urzua, a U.S. educated economist, for Treasury secretary.
Urzua served as secretary of Finance for the Mexico City government when Lopez Obrador was the capital’s mayor. During this time, he managed a budget larger than those of most national governments in Central and South America.