Mexico names intelligence chief as interior minister

November 18, 2011 04:20

MEXICO CITY - Mexico picked the head of the national intelligence agency as the country's new interior minister on Thursday, beefing up the job's security profile as the government attempts to bring violent drug cartels to heel.

Alejandro Poire, director of the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), succeeds Francisco Blake, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday.President Felipe Calderon said former national security spokesman Poire would help lead the crackdown on organized crime, a conflict which has dominated his term in office.

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