Federal Constitution of the United Mexican States (1824)
Of the Business of Government.
Article 117. For the despatch of the business of government of the republic, there shall be appointed such a number of secretaries as Congress may establish by general law.
Article 118. All the regulations, decrees and orders of the President ought to be signed by the secretary of state of the department to which it belongs, and without this formality they are not to be obeyed.
Article 119. The secretaries of state shall be responsible for all acts of the President, signed by them contrary to the constitution, the constitutive act, general laws, and the constitutions of particular states.
Article 120. The secretaries of state shall give to each chamber, as soon as it opens, an account of the situation of their respective departments.
Article 121. In order to be secretary of state, one must be born a Mexican citizen.
Article 122. The secretaries of state shall form regulations for the distribution and despatch of business under their care, which shall be submitted by government to Congress for their approbation.