The interior minister, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, announced last week that Castillo would cease to serve as federal commissioner virtually one year to the day after he assumed the freshly created post with the remit of pacifying the violence-ridden state of Michoacán. Speaking at a public event in the national palace in Mexico City to evaluate the federal security strategy in Michoacán, Osorio Chong praised Castillo for his achievements and said he would assume new responsibilities in the federal administration. He implied that Castillo had been hounded out by small-minded opposition political parties and candidates intent on “politicising his remaining in the post, and masking his results”.

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