Governor of Yucatán

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According to the Political Constitution of the Free and Sovereign State of Yucatán, the exercise of the Executive Power of this Mexican state is placed in a single individual, that Constitutional Governor of the Free and Sovereign State of Yucatán who is chosen for a period of 6 years and is not eligible for reelection. The term of governor begins October 1 of the year of the election and finishes September 30 six years later.

The same constitution empowers those individuals to be elected Governor who have held the title of executive power but in a different way to the popular election, namely the interim, or temporary replacements. The latter has caused controversies and political conflicts, because in the view of several instances is in conflict with a precept of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States that stipulates that no state governor may hold power for more than six years.

The Yucátan state was created on January 31, 1824, being one of the original states of the federation, which along their history has passed through all the systems of government in place in Mexico, the federal system as the central system, so that the name of the entity has varied between state and department; varying with it, the name of the holder of the executive branch of the State.

Individuals who have occupied the governorship in the state of Yucatán, in its various denominations, have been:

16th Century[edit]

  • Nachi Cocom. Before 1526 and until 1541 when he is defeated. He is the last of the halach Uinik,a regulate Mayan, village chief Cocom, that fought against the conquerors.
  • (1526 - 1540): Francisco de Montejo. Adelantado.
  • (1540 - 1546): Francisco de Montejo y León "el Mozo". Captain General.
  • (1546 - 1549): Francisco de Montejo. Adelantado.
  • (1550 - 1552): Gaspar Juárez de Ávila- First Mayor
  • (1552 - 1553): Tomás López Medel
  • (1553 - 1554): Francisco de Montejo y León "el Mozo". Captain General and governor.
  • (1554 - 1554): Francisco Tamayo Pacheco
  • (1554 - 1555): Álvaro Carvajal
  • (1555 - 1558): Alonso Ortiz Delgueta
  • (1558 - 1559): Juan de Paredes
  • (1560 - 1560): García Jufré de Loaiza
  • (1561 - 1564): Diego de Quijada - First Mayor appointed directly by the king.
  • (1565 - 1571): Luis de Céspedes y Oviedo (first Captain General of Yucatán).
  • (1571 - 1572): Diego de Santillán
  • (1573 - 1576): Francisco de Velásquez Gijón
  • (1577 - 1581): Guillén de las Casas
  • (1582 - 1592): Francisco de Solís
  • (1593 - 1596): Alonso Ordóñez de Nevares
  • (1596 - 1597): Carlos de Sámano y Quiñónez

17th Century[edit]

18th Century[edit]

19th Century[edit]

From Independence to the Mexican Revolution[edit]

List currently incomplete

Governors of the Free and Sovereign State of Yucatan since the Revolution[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Table of Yucatan's Governors During the Porfiriato," in Alan Wells and Gilbert Joseph, Summer of Discontent, Seasons of Upheaval: Elite Politics and Rural Insurgency in Yucatán, 1876-1915 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996), 23.

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