Rosario Robles

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Rosario Robles
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Secretary of Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development
In office
27 August 2015 – 30 November 2018
PresidentEnrique Peña Nieto
Preceded byJesús Murillo Karam
Secretary of Social Development
In office
1 December 2012 – 27 August 2015
PresidentEnrique Peña Nieto
Preceded byHeriberto Félix Guerra
Succeeded byJosé Antonio Meade Kuribreña
2nd Head of Government of the Federal District
In office
29 September 1999 – 4 December 2000
Preceded byCuauhtémoc Cárdenas
Succeeded byAndrés Manuel López Obrador
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for the 2nd Circumscription
In office
1 November 1994 – 31 August 1997
Personal details
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political partyDemocratic Revolution
Alma materNational Autonomous University of Mexico
OccupationEconomist, politician

María del Rosario Robles Berlanga (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈsaɾjo ˈroβles]; born 1956) is a Mexican politician who served as the Secretary of Social Development in the cabinet of Enrique Peña Nieto.[1] She also was substitute Head of Government of the Federal District ("Mayor of Mexico City") when Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas resigned from the post to run for the Mexican presidential election, in 2000. She was the first female Mayor of Mexico City.[2]

Her term in office was highly controversial for an intensive media campaign in her government promoting her personal image, the high cost of which raised corruption concerns, and for introducing her political allies to entrepreneur Carlos Ahumada, who videotaped himself giving large cash quantities to the former politician Rene Bejarano in order to fund political campaigns for the next PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The scandals this caused created a major crisis for her party, the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD). As a result, she subsequently resigned from the party. Carlos Ahumada was imprisoned, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won the elections for Mexico city, and Rene Bejarano is still free and active in politics via his wife Dolores Padierna.[3]

Her successor as chief executive of the Federal District was Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the same party but a former PRI member, elected in 2000 with an advantage of less than 5% over the PAN candidate.

In 2005 she announced her intentions to run for the same office, although it is unclear under which party she would run, as her political image was affected by the videoscandals of that year. In the event, the election passed by without her participation.

In 2014 she announced that social help of the "Oportunidades" social program of SEDESOL will not be increased for mothers with more than three children, she said that the mothers have children to get more money from the program. This was criticized by the left-wing parties, even though they support family planning and women's rights, including abortion.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano
Head of Government of the Federal District (interim)
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Preceded by
Amalia García Medina
President of the Party of the Democratic Revolution
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Leonel Godoy Rangel
Preceded by
Heriberto Félix Guerra
Secretary of Social Development
2012–2015
Succeeded by
José Antonio Meade Kuribreña
Preceded by
Jesús Murillo Karam
Secretary of Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development
2015–present
Succeeded by
incumbent