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Key Events in the Crises That Have Shaken Mexico

March 25, 1994

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Nov. 28, 1993: President Carlos Salinas de Gortari appoints Luis Donaldo Colosio the ruling party candidate for the Aug. 21 elections, nearly assuring him the presidency.

March 22: Manuel Camacho Solis, though urged to run, says he will not oppose Colosio.

March 23: Colosio is killed during a campaign rally in Tijuana. Salinas, limited to only one term, must now pick someone else, and the field appears limited.

INDIAN REBELLION

Jan. 1: A rebel Indian group declares war on the government and seizes towns in Chiapas, the southernmost state. The rebels say they want democracy and better living conditions for poor Indians.

Jan. 3: The army claims to recapture four cities taken by rebels.

Jan. 10: President Salinas appoints Camacho Solis as government envoy.

Jan. 10-16: Huge anti-war protests in Mexico City.

Jan. 12: Salinas declares unilateral cease-fire.

Feb. 21: Negotiations begin in Chiapas.

Feb. 24: Rebels and Camacho Solis announce tentative agreements. Rebels say they will take accords to local communities for approval.

Sources: Times staff and wire reports

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