Mexico's former ruling party set to approve nationalistic platform
At its first national convention ever without a sitting president at its
committees of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, suggested the party
support a massive anti-poverty and job creation program.
The committee recommendations will be submitted to a formal vote at the
convention's closing session Tuesday in the city of Toluca, 35 miles (55 kms) west
of Mexico City.
The committees said the party should push for renegotiating parts of Mexico's
trade pact with the United States and Canada, and urge Mexicans to buy goods
made here, the government news agency Notimex reported.
They recommended a re-evaluation of the agricultural chapters of the 1994
American Free Trade Agreement, arguing it had hurt Mexican farmers by
The convention also approved a proposal to enter formal alliances with
parties, with the exception of the National Action Party of President Vicente Fox,
who defeated the PRI at the polls in July 2000.
The PRI had held the presidency without interruption from 1929 to 2000.
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