The legal adviser to the Executive, María Estela Ríos González—one of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s three proposals to replace Arturo Zaldivar—is not in law entitled to hold the position of minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN).
In the Constitution, in Article 95, The requirement to become a minister is that he was not secretary of state, attorney general of the republic, senator, federal deputy, or president in the year before the day of his appointment.
the Executive Legal Department is considered the State Secretariat, according to its internal regulations published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) in March this year.
“The man in charge of the department has a range of heads of state,” he pointed out in his fourth article.
Rios Gonzalez, He took up his position in September 2021, replacing Julio Scherer Ibarra, who resigned after three years.
The current legal advisor is a lawyer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (FIRST), a master in political science from the same university, and a professor of labor law from the Emmanuel Kant University Center.
María Estela Ríos was a legal advisor during the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, from 2000 to 2006, in the then-Federal District, now Mexico City.
President López Obrador sent the shortlist this week to the Senate with the proposal of those who can occupy the position of minister of the Supreme Court.
Among the names are Maria Estela Riosin, in addition to Lenia Batres Guadarramadeputy, advisor for regulatory studies in the Legal Department and sister of the head of the government of Mexico City, Martí Batres.
The president also included the name of Bertha María Alcalde Luján, one of the candidates for the advisor of the National Electoral Institute (INE) and sister of the Secretary of the Interior, Luse María Alcalde.
If the Senate does not endorse this shortlist, the president must send a new one; If it is rejected again, López Obrador can directly appoint a minister.