(Bloomberg) -- Samuel Garcia, who stepped down as governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon to run for the presidency next year, said he was withdrawing from the race and returning to office to avoid being replaced by an opponent.
“I have resumed functions as constitutional governor of the state,” Garcia said in a decree posted on his social networks on Saturday, adding that he won’t need a permit for the presidential campaign. “I have decided not to participate in the electoral race for president.”
After a complex legal battle for control of the state in which Garcia proposed several allies to replace him as governor while he was competing for the presidency, the Supreme Court on Friday night said Luis Enrique Orozco, an opponent, should become the interim governor.
Garcia’s return will prevent his Movement Party from losing control of the state. The move had raised doubt about his ability to compete in June’s presidential election, as he was legally required to leave office before Saturday, exactly six months before the vote.