Rosario Robles

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Rosario Robles
Secretary of Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development of Mexico
In office
27 August, 2015 – 30 November, 2018
PresidentEnrique Peña Nieto
Preceded byJesús Murillo Karam
Succeeded byRomán Meyer Falcón
Secretary of Social Development of Mexico
In office
1 December 2012 – 27 August 2015
PresidentEnrique Peña Nieto
Preceded byHeriberto Félix Guerra
Succeeded byJosé Antonio Meade
Head of Government of the Federal District
In office
29 September, 1999 – 4 December, 2000
Preceded byCuauhtémoc Cárdenas
Succeeded byAndrés Manuel López Obrador
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for the 2nd Circumscription
In office
1 November, 1994 – 31 August 1997
Personal details
Born1956 (age 63–64)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political partyDemocratic Revolution Party
Alma materNational Autonomous University of Mexico
OccupationEconomist, politician

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

Robles interviewed about the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico City in 2000

Rosario Robles is currently involved in one of the biggest State's racketeering scandal: La Estafa Maestra (Master scam). The master scam is the name of a journalistic investigation conducted by the Mexican Animal Politico news portal in association with the Mexican civil society organization Against Corruption and Impunityl. Published on September 5, 2017, the investigation unveiled a system of 128 ghost companies through which the Mexican Federal Government diverted more than 400 million dollars through a network of money diversions that involved 11 state agencies, eight public universities, various private companies and more than 50 public servants of different levels of government.[3][4]

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. The scandals caused 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, and Rene Bejarano is still free and active in politics via his wife Dolores Padierna.[5]

Her successor as chief executive of the Federal District was Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the same party who left after inconformity with the path the party was taking, and went into forming the MORENA party.

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.

Robles was arrested on August 8, 2019 and charged with stealing MXN$4,6 billion (US$250,000,000). She faces seven years in prison.[6]


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  2. ^ Mexico City Journal; Tough, Cheerful Mayor Wins Hearts
  3. ^ "La estafa maestra (México) - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre". (in Spanish). 2017. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  4. ^ "Judge orders ex-Mexican minister to be taken into custody in corruption case". Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  5. ^ El Siglo de Torreon; Dimiten Robles y Sosamontes
  6. ^ "Imputada en México una exministra del Gobierno de Peña Nieto" [A former minister in the government of Peña Nieto is charged]. El Pais (in Spanish). Madrid. August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
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