Felipe Calderon

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Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (born Morelia, Michoacán 1962 - ), is the conservative president of Mexico. President Calderon, a Catholic, started his presidential period at December 1, 2006. His term in office will end in 2012.

A Harvard educated lawyer and career politician he is a former president of his political party, the PAN and served a term as Federal Deputy. Calderon served also as head of the National Development Bank, BANOBRAS, and was Energy Secretary from 2002 to 2004, under Vicente Fox.

He had a surprising win over the leftist Lopez Obrador, whom some journalist linked to old Communist, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, in the 2006 elections in Mexico. He is also known in Mexico as "El hijo desobediente".

"Clean hands, firm hands"

It seems that Felipe Calderon will keep the successful free-trade policies that Mexico had adopted since the 1980s, but especially embraced in the presidency of Vicente Fox. He is currently fighting a war against drug traffickers, is pro-life, and he is a supporter of George W. Bush in Latin America. Calderon has promised to govern with a firm hand.

He has said he would push for a migration agreement with the US to legalese residency for Mexicans who have lived there for more than three years. Also he has outlined plans to tackle poverty, including public health services and education in poorer communities.

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Calderon received a bachelor's degree in law from the "Escuela Libre de Derecho". Later on, he received a Master's degree in Economics from the "Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México", (ITAM) and a Master of Public Administration from the "John F. Kennedy School of Government" at Harvard University. His political mentors were his father and Carlos Castillo Peraza. He is married to Margarita Zavala and has three children.

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