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The new president of Mexico, who ended the PRI's 71 years of corrupt rule over the country in the July 2000 election, in what was (not coincidentially) considered the country's least corrupt vote yet. Many people are hoping that with a non-PRIsta in office, the country's problems will be turned around.

However, he is not without his faults; he relied heavily on both religious pandering and corporate shills to get votes and campaign funding. And in Baja California, where Fox's PAN party has already been governing for 11 years, conditions are no better than in the rest of the nation. However, this has been due more to unfettered Lasseiz-faire captialism than any sort of socialist action: any sort of labor movement initiated by migrant workers is promptly moved against by the local authorities. It remains to be seen how benevolent or theocratic a new Fox-led Mexico will be.

Vicente Fox Queseda was born in Mexico City, Mexico on July 2, 1942. He was the son of Jose Luis Fox, an agriculturist, and Doña Mercedes Quesada. He was the second of nine children. At a young age, his family moved to the Farm San Cristobal, in the San Francisco area, located in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico.

He studied the Administration of Companies at the Latin American University in Mexico. He then went to the Business school at Harvard University and he studied in the field of High Management.

In 1964, he became employed by the Coca-Cola company in Mexico, and he soon became the route supervisor. It wasn't long until he became the manager of the company, being the youngest to become manager there. After working at Coca-Cola for some time, he decided to return to Guanajuato to explore some other possibilities in his life, perhaps politics.

In 1988, he was elected federal deputy by the Third District of Leon, Guanajuato. He tried for the gubernatorial elections of Guanajuato in 1991, but he was unsuccessful. But he didn't quit right there, as he was elected in 1995 as governor by an overwhelming majority. In 2000, Fox went and tried for the position of President of Mexico for the National Action Party (or the Partido Acción Nacional), and was successful on July 2, when the elections took place. His victory ended seventy-one years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (or the Partido Revolucionario Institucional). This was the first election that they had admittingly lost. They have had a history of rigging elections (c. 1988). This election is considered to be the least corrupt in the country's history.

When he became the President as of December 1, 2000, it was the first democratic transition of power in Mexican history. On that day, he said (in Spanish of course, this is the translation):

    "Today, all and all we are responsible to fulfill the mandate that we occurred in that exemplary election - it indicated convinced -. Mandate of change to restore a democratic exercise of the power, that is in our hands and to our reach, where all we will be better".
On July 2, 2001 he married Marta Sahagún Jiménez. That day marked his 59th birthday, his wedding day, and his one year anniversary of winning the Presidental election. Today, Fox lives with his wife and is still the President of Mexico. He has four children, all from adoption. They are Ana Cristina, Vicente, Paulina and Rodrigo. One of Vicente Fox's trademarks are his cowboy boots, the ones he is commonly seen with.

Fox relies on religious organizations and corporations to get his votes. His party has not been very successful in other parts of the country, notably Baja California. Fox seems to stop workers from taking part in any labor activities that are not beneficial to the country's economy, more now than ever during today's devastating world economy. During Fox's short time as President, he has made peace with the EZLN, a guerilla-like movement in Mexico.


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