MEXICO.- Enrique González Pedrero, former governor of Tabasco (1982 to 1987) and politician close to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, died yesterday at the age of 91.
Gonzalez Pedrero was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, in 1930 and, apart from his political career, highlighted as a writer, scholar, historian, and editor.
In addition to being the governor of Tabasco, González Pedrero was secretary-general of the National Executive Committee of the PRI from 1972 to 1974. From 1976 to 1979 he was General Director of Corporación Mexicana de Radio y Televisión, Channel 13; head of the National Commission for Free Textbooks (Conaliteg) from 1979 to 1982, and from 1988 to 1989, director of the Economic Culture Fund (FCE), the same period in which he served as an advisor to President Carlos Salinas.
He was a senator of the Republic on several occasions for the PRI from 1970 to 1976 and from 1997 to 2000 but under the acronym of the PRD, at which time it was led by López Obrador.
He was the Mexican ambassador to Spain from 1989 to 1991, at the beginning of the Salinas government. He served as professor and director of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the UNAM, researcher at the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research of the UNAM, and member of the National System of Researchers.
Among the titles he published are The Tightrope (1982), two volumes of Country of a single man: the Mexico of Santa Anna (1993 and 2003); the collective volume Mexico: multiple transitions, governability, and the national state (2003); The rope taut. Notes on Democracy in Mexico, 1990-2005 (2006); A shared passion. Tribute to Julieta Campos (2008), and Reference Points 1996-2003 (2012).
Enrique González Pedrero was a member of the Mexican Political Science Associations and the American Political Science Associations, as well as a member of the College of Graduates in Political Science and Public Administration. For his academic career, he received an honorary doctorate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as from the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco (UJAT).
On his Twitter account, López Obrador wrote: “I am saddened by the death of Mr. Enrique González Pedrero, former governor of Tabasco.”