March 4, 1995 |
After vowing to fast until death or until his reputation was cleared, former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari temporarily called off his hunger strike Friday, just hours after he launched it. His suspended protest further tarnished the image of Mexico's ruling elite, bolstered President Ernesto Zedillo's stature, raised more questions about the stability and future of the ruling party and helped to drive the peso to near-record lows.
August 24, 1992 |
Mexico's umbrella agreement for free trade with five Central American nations, announced Thursday, provides a convenient comeback to arguments that the country is turning its back on Latin America to pursue closer ties with its rich northern neighbors. Mexico has taken great pains throughout the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada and the United States to show it is also broadening trade relations to the south.
December 15, 1991 |
President Bush and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, meeting at Camp David, Md., ordered negotiators of a U.S.-Mexico free-trade pact to complete the controversial accord "as soon as possible," the White House said Saturday. By expressing their "strong commitment" to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the two leaders appeared eager to demonstrate that election-year politics will not slow progress on the issue of trade between the two nations.
October 4, 1993 |
Confronted with a stagnating economy and elections next year, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari on Sunday announced tax cuts, wage hikes, price drops and farm incentives aimed at stimulating growth after more than a decade of austerity. Salinas' package is the first attempt by the government in 13 years to redress the erosion of wages that has cut workers' spending power in half.
February 18, 1997 |
Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari threatened Monday to sue or seek criminal charges against anyone who accuses him or his family of being linked to drug lords. Such accusations, described by Salinas' lawyer, Mariano Albor, as "an ambush," appeared in the Mexican press over the weekend. The reports were sketchy and did not identify the source of most of the claims. Members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, rallied to the former president's defense.
November 24, 1990 |
When Presidents Bush and Carlos Salinas de Gortari sit down Monday afternoon to an outdoor lunch near the city hall of Agualeguas, a small farming community in northern Mexico, one issue will overshadow all others: jobs. The two leaders will be meeting for the sixth time--they first met as presidents-elect late in 1988. As other sensitive issues have slipped slightly from the top of the agenda in the touchy U.S.
June 9, 1990 |
Not long ago, free trade was considered a very American idea that good Mexicans didn't promote in public. More often, they denounced it as a U.S. plot to undermine Mexico's economy. But when President Carlos Salinas de Gortari visits Washington on Sunday, he will be the one urging the United States to move quickly on a free trade agreement, which he considers key to the success of his economic policies.
November 16, 1991 |
Promising to slash inflation to a single digit, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari Friday sent Congress Mexico's first balanced budget. The $93-billion 1992 budget includes a $2-billion surplus, not counting proceeds from sales of state-owned companies. After adjustment for inflation, federal spending will increase by 4% over this year. The congress, controlled by Salinas' Institutional Revolutionary Party, is expected to overwhelmingly pass the budget.
October 16, 1993 |
Frustrated by delays in U.S. approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement and exasperated at talk that the U.S. Congress may seek to renegotiate the accord, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari has spoken out forcefully. "Neither reopening negotiation of the treaty or postponement of its implementation date are viable options at this time," Salinas declared last week, warning that such actions could be the pact's epitaph.
November 2, 1992 |
In a potentially important step toward democratic elections, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari called Sunday for campaign spending limits and "transparency" in the source of campaign financing. Salinas, who has been forced to remove three ruling party governors after fraud-tainted votes, also said he would seek impartial election coverage from predominantly pro-government media.