Marcelo Ebrard

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ebrard and the second or maternal family name is Casaubón.
Marcelo Ebrard
Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón.jpg
President of the United Nations Global Network on Safer Cities
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 3, 2012
Appointed by Joan Clos i Matheu
5th Head of Government of the Federal District
In office
December 5, 2006 – December 4, 2012
Preceded by Alejandro Encinas
Succeeded by Miguel Ángel Mancera
Personal details
Born Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón
(1959-10-10) October 10, 1959 (age 55)
Mexico City, Mexico.
Political party Party of the Democratic Revolution
Spouse(s) Francesca Ramos Morgan (?–2005)
Mariagna Pratts (2006–2011)
Rosalinda Bueso (2011–present)
Alma mater El Colegio de México
Website Marcelo Ebrard

Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾˈselo eˈβɾaɾð]; born October 10, 1959) is a Mexican politician affiliated to the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and current President of the United Nations Global Network on Safer Cities. He previously served as Head of Government of the Federal District of the United Mexican States from December 2006 to December 2012. He also served as Secretary-General of the former Mexican Federal District Department, minister of public security and minister of social development of the Mexican capital. In 2010, Ebrard was nominated as the "world's best mayor" by the Project World Mayor.[1] He was the successful candidate of the PRD-led electoral alliance to serve as Head of Government of the Federal District in the 2006 Federal District election. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Descendent of the French emigrant wave from Barcelonette in 1915, Ebrard is the son of architect Marcelo Ebrard Maure and Marcela Casaubón. He received a bachelor's degree in international relations from El Colegio de México, and specialized in public administration and planning at the École nationale d'administration of France. He was married to Francesca Ramos Morgan and had two daughters and one son: Francesca, Anne Dominique, and Marcelo Ebrard Ramos.[citation needed] He later divorced and married Mexican soap-opera actress Mariagna Pratts. In April 2011, Marcelo Ebrard announced his divorce from Mariagna Pratts through an official press release.[3] In October 7, 2011; Ebrard married for the third time, with Rosalinda Bueso, former Honduras ambassador to Mexico.[4]

Political career[edit]

Ebrard became a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in 1978. After volunteering in the presidential campaigns of 1976 and 1982, serving as an advisor to the secretary-general in 1988 and being elected to the Chamber of Deputies, Ebrard Casaubon left the PRI with Manuel Camacho in 1995 to found the now-extinct Party of the Democratic Center (PCD). In 2000 he briefly campaigned for the 2000 Head of Government election for the PCD before stepping down in March 2000 and throwing his support behind Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the candidate of the multi-party Alliance for Mexico City.

Following the election, he joined López Obrador's cabinet as secretary of public security in 2000 and became a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution on September 12, 2004. On July 8, 2006 French newspaper Le Monde ran an article indicating that Ebrard as an emerging leader of the Mexican Left. Manuel Camacho, for whom Ebrard is a political protégé, has a reputation for running articles in foreign newspapers to indicate his political intentions.[citation needed] Many have seen this as an attempt to dismiss López Obrador and now rely on Ebrard to win the presidency in the 2012 presidential elections. [1] On December 7, 2010, he was awarded the World Mayor prize in recognition of his environmental and civil-rights initiatives within the Federal District.[5]

2006 Head of Government election[edit]

Ebrard ran as the PRD's candidate for Head of Government in the Federal District election held on July 2, 2006, which he won with 47% of the votes.

Nahuatl revival[edit]

Ebrand has stated as a goal the revival of the Nahuatl language. His plan calls for city workers to learn the language as an initial effort in reviving the language.[6]

Controversy[edit]

The city's chief of police, Marcelo Ebrard, and the Federal Secretary of Public Safety, Ramón Huerta, were both accused of not organizing a timely rescue effort when three undercover federal police officers were lynched by a mob in one of the capital's most impoverished suburbs in Tláhuac on November 23, 2004. After a thorough investigation, López Obrador gave Ebrard a vote of confidence, despite a request from President Fox that López Obrador relieve him of his duties. Later, using his constitutional powers, Fox fired Ebrard, in what critics believe was a politically motivated move to derail his political future.[7][8] Ramón Huerta was also implicated in the incident, yet Fox gave Huerta his full support, and did not remove him from office. For this incident Ebrard is currently under investigation, as are the federal authorities that also failed to act. He was later reinstated as Secretary of Social Development by López Obrador.

Election as Head of Global Network of Safer Cities[edit]

In September of 2012, Ebrard was elected to serve as President of the United Nations Global Network on Safer Cities[9][10] which is part of the Urban Initiatives through the United Nations.[11][12]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Diccionario biográfico del gobierno mexicano (1992), Ed. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico

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