November 11, 1988 |
"Modernization" has been the battle cry of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party since it suffered an unprecedented upset in several states during last July's election for president and a new congress. President-elect Carlos Salinas de Gortari has called for reforms to make the party that has run Mexico for 60 years more democratic and more appealing in a new era of competitive politics.
November 9, 1988 |
Long ignored in the bowl of Mexico's gulf coast, the tropical state that woke up to an oil boom 10 years ago once again finds itself in the limelight, this time because of a boom in opposition politics. Tabasco state will hold an election for governor today, the first since Mexico's July 6 presidential vote turned a leftist coalition into a powerful force in Mexico and pushed the president-elect to commit his ruling party to pluralism.
November 8, 1993 |
On yet another eye-tingling, smoggy Friday in the continent's largest city, traffic has come to a screaming halt for blocks on Paseo de la Reforma, the main boulevard. Horns honk and pedestrians gawk as 500 or so chanting medical workers troop by with banners denouncing their contract offer from the government health care agency. This protest is only the latest in a series of marches that have become a daily occurrence in this chaotic city.
March 29, 1994 |
The last time a virtual president was assassinated in Mexico, the course of the country's political history was changed forever. The year was 1928. A religious fanatic, gaining access by impersonating a cartoonist, shot and killed President-elect Alvaro Obregon. To guarantee the ruling elite's hold on power in the wake of Obregon's murder, strongman Plutarco Elias Calles the next year decreed into existence the vast, all-consuming political party that has governed Mexico ever since.
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.