Mexico: Handle With Care

Mexico's President Carlos Salinas de Gortari is a tireless leader who has in the past four years set Mexico firmly on a path toward modernization. He has done it with both savvy and iron will, opening up an insular, outmoded economy to the fresh winds of competition and efficiency. Having studied other systems, Salinas chose an economy-first, politics-second approach to reform. While the economic design is still a work in progress, politics is intruding more and more--from both sides of the border. At home, Salinas has to prove to his people that his ruling party can win elections without a hint of fraud.

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