Ex-President de la Madrid rocks PRI establishment

Award winning journalist Carmen Aristegui broadcast the
audio of an interview with former President Miguel de la
Madrid Hurtado
(1982-1988). During the 89 minute interview
recorded on April 15, 2009, the former President
accused his chosen successor Carlos Salinas de Gortari
(1988-1994) of complicity in the corruption of his brother
Raúl and other family members, and suggested that Raúl
was involved in drug trafficking. Some of de la Madrid’s
answers were monosyllabic, but others were extended
responses.

Ramón Alberto Garza called it an “unprecedented presidential
confession” and said, “The rules of the game, the
PRI code of silence, have been broken, profaned, and
shown for what they are.”

The interview set off an immediate, furious counterattack
from Salinas (who is in London) and the PRI establishment.
Emilio Gamboa, the PRI leader in the Chamber,
reportedly visited de la Madrid at home. Eight hours after
the broadcast, de la Madrid’s office issued a letter under
his signature disowning the interview, saying that he had
been too ill to understand the questions and that his answers
“lacked validity and precision.” The former President
is 76 and suffers from emphysema. Aristegui responded
that the interview “was carried out with a man
who was disposed to be there, with the time, the talent
and sufficient clarity to express what he thought and what
he knew about the Salinas de Gortari family.”

Political scientist Denise Dresser writes: “There are
many paralyzed by fear. Many who are silent from complicity.
… The genuflection before the Great Corrupter
continues as a result of the knowledge he has and the
favors owed him. … The matter of the Salinas family isn’t
an affair from the past. It affects the present and will determine
the future. If the President and the Attorney General
and the parties do not agree to investigate those who
have power, they will underscore that here the laws do not
apply to them.”

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