con andrés manuel lópez obrador, méxico comienza una nueva etapa
por manuel ademar b. lescas y soledad florentina l. vasquez
Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected President of the United States of Mexico in the last election on July 1st. Mexicans overseas favored him with more than 60 percent of the votes, and according to the National Electoral Institute, the election had the highest turnout in the history of Mexico.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador was born on November 13, 1953 in Tepetitán, Macuspana, Tabasco. Lopez Obrador studied political science and public administration at the Autonomous University of Mexico. The president-elect is an accomplished intellectual and knows the country well as he has toured all the municipalities that comprise the country. López Obrador’s ideals are to defend the most vulnerable, like indigenous people, farmers, and those who suffer extreme poverty.
In 2000 he was elected mayor of Mexico City, and had a high approval rate for his good work. His election inspires hope that impoverished Mexicans will find some relief to failing social systems and threats from the drug cartels, abusive corporations, and political corruption. This new hope is manifested in songs and “corridos” by the Mexican people inspired by him, including works by his wife, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, a writer and researcher of art and history.
López Obrador’s administration begins with changes from the inside, at the request of Gutiérrez Müller, the title of first lady will not be applied to her during his administration. It is the first time that the spouse of a President of Mexico has the highest levels of study, with a Ph.D. in Ibero-American Literature and is a published author of books of poetry and Mexican history.
López Obrador reports to have a legitimate aspiration, to go down in history as a good President, inspired by Benito Juárez, Francisco I. Madero, and Lázaro Cárdenas. His motto “together we will make history” became a reality and is already part of the history of Mexico.
The next six years of López Obrador’s administration will be filled with challenges and difficulties as there are strong forces ensconced in power and money for whom change means losing their grip on the country.
The support of the Mexican people cannot stop at the voting polls, everyone must work together if reforms are to happen and succeed.
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