Colosio Murrieta, Luis Donaldo

Colosio Murrieta, Luis Donaldo

(lo͞oēs` thônäl`dō kôlô`syō mo͝oryā`tä), 1948–94, Mexican politician and government official, b. Magdalena del Kino, Mex. He studied at the Univ. of Pennsylvania and in Austria, returning to Mexico, where he began his political career. A member of the Institutional Revolutionary partyInstitutional Revolutionary party,
Span. Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Mexican political party. Established in 1929 as the National Revolutionary party by former President Plutarco Calles, it brought together the country's governmental, military, and
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 (PRI), he was elected (1985) to the Mexican congress, later became a senator, and served (1988–92) as party head. He was (1992–93) social development secretary under President Carlos Salinas de GortariSalinas de Gortari, Carlos,
1948–, president of Mexico (1988–94). A Harvard-educated political economist, he became minister of planning and the budget (1982–87) and succeeded Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado as president in 1988.
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 before resigning to run for Mexican president. Colosio was assassinated while campaigning in 1994.
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