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Cuauhtemoc Cardenas
photoAs mayor of Mexico City, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas holds the country's second most-powerful office. Cardenas, son of revered former president Lazaro Cardenas, lost bids for the presidency in 1988 and 1994. In 1988, he broke ties with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and formed the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
Cardenas Keeps Eye on Presidency (7/8/97)

Amado Carrillo Fuentes
One of the world's most powerful drug lords and one of Mexico's wealthiest, Amado Carrillo Fuentes made an estimated $25 billion by putting top law enforcement officials and politicians on his payroll. He also doled out millions in protection payments and ordered his enemies killed – factors that kept authorities at a distance and allowed Carrillo to remain an enigma. Carrillo, 41, died in 1997 following high-risk plastic surgery.
Dead Drug Lord's Life Is an Open Book (11/25/97)

Carlos Salinas de Gortari
photo The former president's fall from grace began after the end of his six-year term in 1994, when the country slid into a recession. Salinas was blamed for implementing economic policies that triggered the country's financial woes and became one of the most reviled figures in Mexican history. His reputation was further tarnished after his brother Raul was arrested and charged for the 1994 killing of Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, a senior PRI official. Disgraced, Carlos Salinas fled Mexico in 1995 for self-imposed exile in Ireland.
Salinas Speaks, Mexico's All Ears (2/1/97)

Raul Salinas de Gortari
Scandal swirled around Raul Salinas, a former government employee and brother of former president Carlos Salinas. In 1995, he was charged with masterminding the 1994 assassination of senior PRI member Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu. Raul Salinas's name also kept popping up in possible connections to drug trafficking, embezzlement, kickbacks and swelling Swiss bank accounts. Salinas is in prison outside Mexico City awaiting his trial on charges of illicit enrichment and of plotting the Massieu murder.
Hard Times Find the Salinas Brothers (3/13/96)

Subcomandante Marcos
photo The bloody 1994 uprising of the Zapatistas, the peasant rebels in the Chiapas state, shed light on the plight of native Indians in Mexico – and on a Zapatista leader who captured the imagination of the nation. Little is known about the charismatic man called Subcomandante Marcos, who like all the rebels wears a ski mask when appearing in public or meeting with reporters. According to various reports, he is the rebels' chief military strategist, an intelligent, eloquent man who uses the Internet to unleash his criticisms against the Mexican government and its policies.
Rebels Show Flair for Communicating (2/9/94)

Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon
The election of President Ernesto Zedillo was a departure for Mexico: The Yale-educated economist, who had never held elective office, maintained a squeaky-clean image. Zedillo promised political reforms, opening the way for a multiparty Mexico. But the pledge caused friction among the old guard of his fellow PRI members, who saw the changes as a threat to their grip on power.
President Zedillo's Transformation (2/15/97)

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