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MEXICO: Vincente Fox

Jorge Loyo calls attention to this New York Times article on Vicente Fox: "The "Sell-me" politician the Mexicans bought", by Sam Dillon 7/4/00.

"Born on July 2, 1942, in Mexico City, Mr. Fox spent his childhood on an 1,100-acre ranch in San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, purchased during the Mexican Revolution by his paternal grandfather, an immigrant to Mexico of Irish descent.

His mother, Mercedes Quesada, was born in Spain, a legal impediment for Mr. Fox's eventual political ambitions until a clause barring the children of immigrants from serving as president was eliminated from the Mexican Constitution.

Mr. Fox has eight siblings. His father was a prosperous landholder, although not vastly wealthy in Mexican terms. "Something I'm proud of is that I became good friends with the children of the smallholders and peasants," he wrote in a campaign autobiography. "With them I shared my infancy, my playthings, my house and my food. From that time I began to understand our country's painful inequalities."

A Catholic, he was educated by Jesuits and spent a year at an academy in Prairie du Chien, Wis., learning among other things how to speak fluent but accented English."

Ronald Hilton - 8/24/00