Globalization Gets A Presidential Push

Nov 1, 2001

Mexico's former head of state, Ernesto Zedillo, is fashioning a post-presidential career as an advocate for globalization, international development and social justice.

What is the appropriate role for a Latin American ex-president these days? Until recently, most former presidents ended their careers in obscurity or exiled in the aftermath of revolution. These days, though, many have had to bow out in disgrace. Alberto Fujimori, Augusto Pinochet, Carlos Menem, Carlos Salinas, Ernesto Samper and Fernando Collor de Mello have all faced problems with the law.

Ernesto Zedillo - who was president of Mexico for six years until last December - has begun his post-presidential career in a more positive way, by becoming a campaigner for that most unpopular of causes: globalization.

It helps that Zedillo's personal record appears beyond reproach. He had a successful six-year presidency, in recognition of which LatinFinance chose him as its Man of the Year in 2000. Zedillo organized Mexico's cleanest elections ever and handed power over to his successor, Vicente Fox in a dignified ceremony that also marked the...

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