• ."Since 2012, in democracy and with the instruments of democracy, we have  transformed Mexico, improved laws and built institutions according to the needs of the 21st Century”:
  • "201 years after his death, the ideology of the Servant of the Nation is a permanent inspiration for the government,” he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today led the ceremony marking the 201 anniversary of the death of General José María Morelos y Pavón, during which he said that, “As very few countries have done, in just four years, Mexico has succeeded in implementing major structural changes in an environment of social peace without destroying our institutions”.

He noted that "Today, as at the beginning of the last two centuries, our country faces major challenges”. He noted that, “Our democratic system has progressed steadily, managing to channel the demands for change of a society in constant evolution”.

He declared that, “Since 2012, in democracy and with the instruments of democracy, we have  transformed Mexico, improved laws and built institutions in keeping with the needs of the 21st Century”:

The president said that,  “The work and legacy of Morelos are an example for Mexicans of the present,” and 201 years after his death, “the ideology of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavón is a permanent inspiration for the government”.

“We have been working so that the great nation he dreamed of increasingly becomes a reality in Mexicans’ everyday lives, he said.

Accordingly, he said, “We have eliminated an unacceptable bias against women’s political participation. Today there is full gender equality to run for elected positions in the federal and state congresses”.

“We also seek equal opportunities through education, to ensure that children and young people have better teachers, schools and curricula,” he added.

"The defense of decent work, for which Morelos fought, is reflected in the creation of formal jobs with higher figures than those of any administration, and we are also giving a new dimension to social programs to reduce inequality and poverty”.

He said that programs such as PROSPERA, Life Insurance for Female Heads of Family and the Pension Program for Senior Citizens together provide a great basic floor of welfare for millions of Mexican families.

In addition, “We are working to close the gaps between different regions in the country." He said that the Special Economic Zones model will make it possible to, “Reduce the centuries-old backwardness, precisely in the area where General Morelos fought two centuries ago”.

“These are concrete examples of policies, programs and actions in favor of Mexicans’ freedom, inclusion and equality. With them, Mexico will continue. We are continuing the ethical and social work bequeathed to us by the great liberator, statesman and immortal hero José María Morelos y Pavón,” he explained.

President Peña Nieto pointed out that, “Today, Mexico has a democratic president’s office. A president’s office that works for everyone, respects everyone’s freedoms and seeks everyone’s right to a healthy and productive, full and happy life. That is the best tribute we can pay those who gave us our nation”.

At the end, the president laid a floral wreath and mounted a solemn guard of honor at the foot of the death mask of the Servant of the Nation. He subsequently signed the Distinguished Visitors’ Book.


Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila, said that, “Unity is the key to defeating the enemy of inequality, injustice and grievances".

He noted that Morelos, “Has left us a powerful message that we must follow today more than ever to overcome future challenges: unity to defend what we have achieved. unity to fight for our common causes. Unity to continue the development of the State of Mexico and the whole country”.

He said that thanks to The Sentiments of the Nation, a document that brings together the foundations of a sovereign, independent Republic, Morelos,  “Laid the foundations of a country in which we are all equal and treated with the same rights and justice, regardless of our origin, skin color or place of birth”.

He declared that today the President of Mexico, “With a will for transformation, summons us to unity to cope with the challenges of Mexico and the world," he concluded.