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Partido Revolucionario Institucional


The Institutional Revolutionary Party, known by its Spanish initials PRI, is a centrist political party in Mexico that maintained a stranglehold over the nation for over 70 years.

Starting as a revolutionary party focused on protecting the rights of the poor in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, PRI went on to symbolize corruption, electoral fraud, and privatization of previously nationalized industries.

PRI's leftist current schismed into a new party, Partido de la Revolución Democratica (PRD) shortly after the 1988 presidential elections. Widespread voter fraud swept PRI's candidate Carlos Salinas to the presidency even after exit polls predicted the triumph of the PRD's founder, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas.

The economic crisis of the 1970s/1980s saw the growth of a strong rightist opposition to PRI in the form of the Partido Accion Nacional (PAN), drawing funding mostly from businessmen in the north of the country.

1989 saw the first non-PRI state governorship in many decades in Baja California. With 2000 came the first non-PRI president in 70 years in the form of PAN's Vicente Fox.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Pedro Aspe
7-Jul-1950   Mexican Minister of Finance, 1988-94
Manuel Ávila Camacho
Head of State
24-Apr-1897 13-Oct-1955 President of Mexico, 1940-46
Cuauhtemoc Cardenas
1-May-1934   Anti-PRI Mexican politician
Adolfo Ruiz Cortines
Head of State
30-Dec-1890 3-Dec-1973 President of Mexico, 1952-58
Luis Echeverría
Head of State
17-Jan-1922   President of Mexico, 1970-76
Miguel de la Madrid
Head of State
12-Dec-1934 1-Apr-2012 President of Mexico, 1982-88
Adolfo López Mateos
Head of State
26-May-1910 22-Sep-1969 President of Mexico, 1958-64
Enrique Peña Nieto
20-Jul-1966   President of Mexico
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
13-Nov-1953   Mayor of Mexico City
Gustavo Díaz Ordaz
Head of State
12-Mar-1911 15-Jul-1979 President of Mexico, 1964-70
Ulises Ruiz Ortiz
9-Apr-1958   Disputed governor of Oaxaca
José López Portillo
Head of State
16-Jun-1920 17-Feb-2004 President of Mexico, 1976-82
Carlos Salinas
Head of State
3-Apr-1948   President of Mexico, 1988-94
Miguel Alemán Valdés
Head of State
29-Sep-1900 14-May-1983 President of Mexico, 1946-52
Ernesto Zedillo
Head of State
27-Dec-1951   President of Mexico, 1994-2000

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