MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Lazaro Cardenas, a member of one of Mexico’s most famous political families, was sworn in as governor of western Michoacan state on Friday, promising to create jobs and help the state’s 2 million migrants living in the United States.
In the November election Cardenas became the first candidate to defeat a gubernatorial candidate from Mexico’s former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in Michoacan.
The grandson and namesake of Mexico’s beloved former President Lazaro Cardenas and the son of former presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, the younger Lazaro is now considered a possible contender for the leftist Democratic Revolution Party’s presidential nomination in 2006.
``The people looked for equilibrium and understanding between the political powers to bring the state forward,″ he said during his inauguration ceremony. ``I want to be very clear: I won’t run my administration like the government of a party. Together, we will build a government for everyone.″
He promised to create jobs in a state with one of the highest migration rates north.
``It’s our obligation to seek job and development opportunities in Michoacan so that in the future migrating is an option and not a necessity,″ he said.
He also pledged to send a bill to the state legislature that would allow Mexicans living in the United States to vote during local elections, as well as create ways for Mexicans living abroad to invest in their home state.
For the residents of Michoacan, he promised to help the poor, improve highways and crack down on crime and corruption.
His speech praised the ``democratic movement″ that helped end the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s 71-year hold on the presidency. In July 2000, President Vicente Fox became the first opposition presidential candidate to ever defeat a member of the PRI. He also defeated Cardenas’ father, Cuauhtemoc.
Fox, who attended Cardenas’ inauguration, said he supported the new governor.
``I subscribe fully to what he presented as his projects and plan of attack,″ Fox told reporters.