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carlos salinasCarlos Salinas de Gortari was president of Mexico from 1988 to December 1994. He was the ruling PRI's candidate in the election and many believe he won through fraud. Currently living in self-imposed exile in Ireland, he left Mexico fearing he might be charged with the murder of his chosen successor Luis Donaldo Colosio.

Carlos is extremely unpopular in Mexico where he is blamed for a decreased standard of living, economic difficulties, the rise of the drug trade and the massive corruption that occurred during his administration. While some credit Salinas with important reforms and beginning privatization, many Mexicans blame NAFTA - passed under Salinas - for Mexico's economic problems.

  • Photo of Carlos and Raul as children

  • His boyhood with Raul. An excerpt from Andres Oppenheimer's book - Bordering on Chaos-Guerrillas, Stockbrokers,Politicians, and Mexico's Road to Prosperity - describing Carlos's close relationship with older brother Raul

  • The Salinas family's scandalous story has been transformed into Mexico's most popular soap opera: "Nothing Personal"

  • Proceso's report (2/16/97) on the U.S. Justice Department witness testimony in its lawsuit against Mario Ruiz Massieu. The witnesses implicate ex-president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, his siblings Adriana and Raul, his father Raul Salinas Lozano, and his ex-brother-in-law Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu in drug trafficking operations. Includes documents/notes on witnesses testimony.



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