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Calderon Assumes Presidency and Names His Cabinet

December 1, 2006
Calderon Assumes Presidency and Names His Cabinet

In the face of blockades and protests, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa assumes Mexico’s presidency and announces his government’s priorities. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa took the oath of office on December 1st as President of Mexico in the Legislative Palace of San Lazaro in the face of blockades impeding his access to such chamber by legislators from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Mexico’s new president announced that the three priorities of his government will be security, reducing poverty and creating jobs, and he provided various proposals to confront the problems that exist in these areas.The Mexican executive’s new cabinet: a technocrat and modernizer. The cabinet of President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa will be comprised of twenty secretaries that the international press has characterized in broad terms as being technocrats and modernizers. Among the cabinet appointments worthy of note are that of Secretary of the Interior (Secretario de Gobernación), which will be headed by Francisco Javier Ramirez Acuña; Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, which post will be held by Agustin Carstens; the Secretary of Economy, which will be held by Eduardo Sojo Garza-Adalpe; and the Secretary of Foreign Relations, which will be held by Patricia Espinosa Cantellano.

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