Mexico after 2000

Vicente Fox was elected President of Mexico in the 2ooo presidential election  a historically significant election that made him the first president elected from an opposition party since Francisco I. Madero in 1910 and the first one in 71 years to defeat, with 42 percent of the vote, the then-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)

Presidency of Felipe Calderon

Felipe Calderon is the current President of Mexico. He assumed office on December 1, 2006, and was elected for a single six-year term through 2012. He is a member of the Partido Accion Nacional(PAN), one of the three major Mexican political parties. Prior to the presidency, Calderón served as National President of the party, and as Secretary of Energy in Vicente Fox‘s cabinet.

-Felipe Calderón is the president who has created the most universities (96) in the history of Mexico

-He is also the only president in history that has granted full coverage and a secure spot in elementary schools to children from 6 to 11 years old

He created the The Office of Social Aid for Victims of Violence, (in Spanish: Procuraduría Social para Víctimas de la Violencia)  in 2011.

-During Calderón’s administration, more than 1,000 hospitals have been created, and more than 2,000 have been reconstructed and amplified.

-During Fox’s administration, only 40 million people had access to a public health care system. Currently, more than 100 million Mexicans have access to their country’s health care system due to Calderón’s effort on implementing a universal health care system.

– Calderón has created more than 16,500 kilometers of interstate highways.

-He implemented the Tortilla Stabilization Plan where “the president opted to use price ceilings on tortillas that protected local consumers of corn. This price control came in the form of the Tortilla Price Stabilization Pact between the government and many of the main tortilla producing companies, including Grupo Maseca and Bimbo, to put a price ceiling at $8.50 pesos per kilogram of tortilla. The hope was that a ceiling on corn prices would provide incentive for the market to lower all prices nationally”

-In 2006, he declared a “War on Drugs” as a result more than 30,000 people have died since he took office.


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