Glen J. Beams
Welcome to Mexico, Land of the Aztecs and Mayans. Land of the
Sun, Playground of the Rich and not so rich. Mexico our important
neighbor to the South, which shares a common border with us of 1800
miles. It is 760,000 square miles in area, about one fourth the size
of the United States - three times the size of Texas and four times
that of the six Central American Republics put together. The North
half of Mexico is largely desert. Mountains mantle two thirds of the
land. Its population is now in excess of 76 million and is expected to
reach 100 million by the year 2000.
The United States of Mexico is organized as a republic with a
federal type of government, similar to that of the United States.
Executive power is vested in a president who is elected by popular
vote. He serves a six year term and cannot be re-elected. Federal
power is similar to that of the United States. Legislative power is
vested in a bicameral General Congress consisting of a Senate and a
Chamber of Deputies. Two senators are elected from each of the 30
states, and the deputies are elected one for every 170,000 inhabitants.
The judicial power is vested in a Supreme Court and in circuit and
Although minor political parties are permitted, there is one major
party - the Revolutionary Institutional Party. Although the president
cannot succeed himself, he nominates his successor, who always wins.
The current President is Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, a 47 year old
economist and Harvard graduate. He was elected just last year. All
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