Mexico has chosen a U.S.-based Mexican academic as its new ambassador to Washington to fill a key diplomatic post left vacant for five months.
Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said Tuesday that the new ambassador will be Miguel Basanez, who is currently an adjunct professor at Tufts University's Fletcher School. He is an expert on opinion polling.
The position in Mexico's most important trade and investment partner had been vacant since former Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora was nominated to Mexico's Supreme Court in March.
Analysts had questioned why Mexico left the post vacant so long.
The department said Basanez plans to "promote the empowerment of the Mexican community" in the United States.
About 11.4 million Mexican-born people live in the United States and about 1 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico