Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon has named two key members of his new cabinet as he prepares to take office Friday.

The president-elect appointed Patricia Espinosa as his foreign minister and Francisco Ramirez Acuna as his interior minister in charge of domestic security and political affairs.

Ramirez Acuna was criticized in 2004 when he was governor of the state of Jalisco for being too eager to use state police to crack down on opponents.

Mr. Calderon announced the appointments during a news conference at an upscale hotel in Mexico City Tuesday. Protesters have vowed to block his inauguration on Friday. They argue that his rival, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, was the true winner of the July 2 presidential race.

Lopez Obrador contested his narrow loss, claiming vote fraud and charging that President Vicente Fox used the power of his office to support Calderon. Mexico's electoral tribunal rejected Lopez Obrador's claims.

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