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López Obrador announces appointment of next Navy secretary

Mexico City, Mexico — President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced the appointment of Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán as the next secretary of the Navy, a position currently held by Vidal Soberón Sanz.

“I have decided to appoint, in use of my future faculties, Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán as next Secretary of the Navy. He is the most senior and prestigious officer in the Mexican Navy,” López Obrador added during the public announcement.

Mexico’s next president affirmed that he already made the news known to both President Enrique Peña Nieto and Admiral Vidal Soberón, each of whom offered their support.

Admiral Ojeda Durán is from Xalapa, Veracruz. He was born in 1954 and joined the Naval Military School in 1969, graduating five years later as marine guard. He has several postgraduate studies, among them the specialty of Naval Command and masters in Naval Administration and National Security.

During his professional career, José Rafael Ojeda Durán served as Junior Officer, Chief of Machines and second commander of various surface units of the Navy of Mexico before becoming head of the General Corps at the Naval Academy.