Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico

April 3, 1948 is the birthday of Carlos Salinas de Gortari.  He was born in the small town of Agualeguas, Mexico, about 25 miles south of the US border.  In the mid-1970s Salinas studied at Harvard, where he earned a doctoral degree in political economy and government.  Salinas was elected President of Mexico in 1988, and served until 1994.  During his administration, Mexican government policy moved toward an economy based more on free market principles than on state control and toward better economic relations with the US. Salinas played a critical role in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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