Camacho Solís, Manuel (1946–)

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Camacho Solís, Manuel (1946–)

Manuel Camacho is a Mexican politician, author, and El Universal columnist. Victor Manuel Camacho Solís was born in Mexico City on March 30, 1946. He received his degree in economics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and became a member of the Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI) in 1965. Camacho's political career began in 1985, when he was elected deputy. In 1986 he was named minister of urban development. Under President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Camacho was appointed head of government of the Federal District (Mexico City) in 1988 and minister of foreign affairs in 1993. That appointment was brief, however, as Salinas later summoned Camacho to be the chief negotiator for a resolution to the conflict with the Zapatistas in Chiapas in 1994.

After the announcement of Salinas's support for Luis Donaldo Colosio and later Ernesto Zedillo for the PRI presidential candidate, Camacho's differences with the PRI became more pronounced. In 1995 Camacho left the PRI, and in 2000 he campaigned for president from the short-lived Party of the Democratic Center (PCD). Camacho later joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and in 2003 he was elected deputy for the second time. Camacho participated actively in the 2006 presidential campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. After decades of service in the Mexican government in various capacities, Manuel Camacho continues to be one of the most influential political insiders in Mexico.

See alsoSalinas de Gortari, Carlos .


Camacho Solís, Manuel. El desacuerdo nacional: Orígenes, consecuencias y propuestas de soluci solución. Mexico: Aguilar, 2006.

Osorno, Guillermo. "Manuel Camacho Solís: El solitario sin palacio." Letras Libres (June 2000).

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