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Carlos Salinas

Carlos SalinasAKA Carlos Salinas de Gortari

Born: 3-Apr-1948
Birthplace: Agualeguas, Nuevo León, Mexico

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State, Economist

Nationality: Mexico
Executive summary: President of Mexico, 1988-94

Carlos Salinas was a Harvard-educated neo-liberal technocrat who became the youngest president in Mexican history. He won the first contested election in years for the notoriously corrupt Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) through massive electoral fraud against his rival Cuauhtemoc Cardenas. He is best known in Mexico as a disgraced politician, and throughout North America for being the Mexican signatory to NAFTA.

As President of Mexico, Salinas worked to open up Mexico to foreign investment, including the privatization of Mexico's national banking system (which was sold at below market rate to his political allies). Salinas's continued work to repeal the social contract resulted in the rebellion of peasants of Chiapas under the Zapatista Army, with whom he later brokered a ceasefire.

After his term as president, Mexico sank into an enormous fiscal crisis due to Salinas' economic programs, ultimately resulting in a devaluation of the peso by 200%. Salinas attempted to blame the subsequent administration of Ernesto Zedillo for this recession and was so villified by the Mexican press and people that he was forced to leave the country.

While Salinas was exiled, he wrote a thousand page book explaining exactly why all of Mexico was wrong and he was right which was released to universal horror in his homeland. One of his brothers was murdered, probably by federal police, and another of his brothers was jailed for murdering a rival politician. His entire family has since been the target of numerous international money laundering investigations.

Father: Raul Salinas Lozano (Senator, Secretary of Commerce)
Brother: Raul Salinas (murderer, money launderer)
Brother: Enrique Salinas (financier, murdered)
Wife: Cecilia Ocelli

    University: Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1969)
    University: PhD Economics, Harvard University (1978)

    President of Mexico 1988-1994
    Mexican Minister Education (1982-88)
    Partido Revolucionario Institucional
    Mexican Ancestry

Author of books:
Mexico, A Difficult Step into Modern Times (2000)

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