Mexico's environment minister resigns for delaying flight
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Mexico's environment minister resigns for delaying flight

FILE - In this April 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andrv©s Manuel Lv=pez Obrador attends a ceremony at the Military Airbase Number 1 in Santa Lucia, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Mexico's Congress approved a series of safeguards Thursday, May 23, intended to prevent abuses under the country's new militarized police force known as the National Guard.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s minister of the environment has presented her resignation to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador after receiving criticism for an air flight.

In a letter on her Twitter account, Josefa González-Blanco said Saturday she resigned because she delayed the departure of a flight that had waited for her to start a working trip.

López Obrador, who took office Dec. 1, has promised a government without privileges or corruption.

“There is no justification,” the minister of the environment and natural resources said in the letter. “No one should have privileges and one’s benefit, even if it is to fulfil one’s functions, should not be put above the welfare of the majority.”

The delay of the flight for more than half an hour had generated criticism from other passengers and the media.

The Associated Press

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