December 15, 1996 |
Mexico's longtime ruling party, desperately seeking strong leadership to face crucial elections next year, prepared Saturday to choose a new president. The party, which has been buffeted by election losses and infighting, is expected to choose the president of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress, in a meeting today.
September 1, 1990 |
Over the next three days, the party that has ruled Mexico for 61 years will attempt to re-invent itself, at least enough to present a new face to voters in next year's congressional elections. The 8,500 delegates to the 14th National Convention of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI from its initials in Spanish, are charged with restoring the party's slipping fortunes.
October 28, 1999 |
On a crisp Saturday morning, hundreds of supporters of Francisco Labastida jammed a pavilion here, shaking green pompoms, jangling cowbells and cheering for the man widely seen as the leading presidential candidate for the world's longest-ruling party. The rally appeared to reflect an outpouring of emotion as Mexico faces a milestone in its young democracy: the first presidential primary of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. But a closer look at the crowd showed something different.
September 2, 1997 |
President Ernesto Zedillo inaugurated a new, more democratic era in Mexican politics Monday with a passionate appeal to ascendant opposition parties not to derail the country's free-market economic revolution. "For the first time in our history, we can achieve healthy, durable economic growth, along with a full, pluralistic and harmonious democracy," the president declared in his State of the Union address. "This is the opportunity of our generation."
June 13, 1999 |
In a move that startled Mexicans, disgraced former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari returned briefly to his homeland Saturday after four years in self-exile but sought to dampen speculation that he will play a role in next year's presidential election. Salinas, who won international acclaim for opening Mexico's economy but was vilified after he left office in 1994, told reporters that he was on a 24-hour "private visit." It was motivated mainly by a desire to see his ailing father, he said.
September 3, 1994 |
Vicente Fox, the tough cop of this nation's right, is back. Within days of the federal elections in which his National Action Party (PAN) lost nine of its 39 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, along with making a disappointing showing in the presidential race, Fox announced he was ending his retirement from politics.
June 9, 1992 |
Arguably the most powerful man in Mexico after President Carlos Salinas de Gortari is a slight, bespectacled economist with a French accent and a deliberately low profile. Jose Cordoba Montoya is the president's closest adviser. The press and political pundits alternately refer to him as "a virtual vice president," "a prime minister" and "a combined secretary of state and presidential chief of staff." Or, the Henry A. Kissinger of Mexico.
November 25, 1990 |
WAVING red-white-and-green placards, hundreds of patriotic supporters gather under a searing midday sun to welcome President Carlos Salinas de Gortari to Acapulco's Juan N. Alvarez International Airport. They are taxi drivers and government workers, housewives and street vendors, all chanting "PRI! PRI!"--the initials of the mighty Institutional Revolutionary Party that has ruled Mexico for more than six decades.
July 19, 1997 |
In the midst of the worst electoral showing in 68 years by this nation's long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party last week, Vicente Teran Uribe is a bright spot--a clear winner and possibly a symbol of the future PRI. The landslide victory of the 41-year-old businessman, who funded his own campaign for mayor of this border town, came despite--and even with the aid of--a recent U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration report that named him as one of Mexico's 20 top narcotics traffickers.
January 30, 2000 |
With the price of oil surging to unheard-of levels in this petroleum-rich nation, the president was bursting with confidence: "We must prepare ourselves," he declared, for "the historic opportunity to administer abundance." The date was Jan. 7, 1978, crude oil was racing toward an astronomical price of $38.50 a barrel, and Mexico was in a frenzy spending the billions of oil dollars pouring into government coffers.