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Government, Executive

direct popular vote, elective office, political careers, opposition party, executive branch

The president is elected by direct popular vote every six years and cannot be reelected. Presidents acquire tremendous authority because they also control the selection of candidates in their party for elective office at the national level. Therefore, most members of Mexicoís congress owe their political careers to the president. The executive also can exercise great influence simply because many Mexicans have come to expect a strong president. The president is the chief policy maker, and the executive branch has initiated 90 percent of Mexicoís legislation. Members of the presidentís handpicked cabinet are the most influential members of the executive branch. Until President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon took office in December 1994, no president had selected a member of an opposition party as a cabinet official. The cabinet is divided into smaller groups, such as an economic or national security cabinet, which make policy recommendations to the president or respond to his policy initiatives.



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direct popular vote, elective office, political careers, opposition party, executive branch, Leon, great influence, Mexicans, Presidents, policy initiatives, national level, years

 
 

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