Rosario Robles

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Rosario Robles
Secretary of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development
Assumed office
August 27, 2015
Preceded by Jesús Murillo Karam
Secretary of Social Development
In office
December 1, 2012 – August 27, 2015
Preceded by Heriberto Félix Guerra
Succeeded by José Antonio Meade Kuribreña
2nd Head of Government of the Federal District
In office
1999 – December 4, 2000
Preceded by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
Succeeded by Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 59–60)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political party Party of the Democratic Revolution
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico
Occupation Economist, politician

Rosario Robles Berlanga (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈsaɾjo ˈroβles]; born 1956) is a Mexican politician who serves 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.


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