Manuel Camacho Solís

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For the soccer goalkeeper, see Manuel Camacho (footballer).

Manuel Camacho Solís (March 30, 1946 – June 5, 2015) was a Mexican politician who served in the cabinets of presidents Miguel de la Madrid and Carlos Salinas.[1] Born in Mexico City to Manuel Camacho Lopez and Luz Solís,[2] he belonged to the Frente Amplio Progresista.

Political career[edit]

Camacho Solís joined the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in 1965, and in 1988 he became that party's general secretary.

Camacho met Carlos Salinas at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where they became close friends. Camacho followed Salinas's trajectory in the Planning Ministry under the administration of Miguel de la Madrid. In 1985 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, and in 1986 he was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Urban Development. When Salinas took over the presidency in 1988, Camacho was appointed Head of Government of the Federal District (until 1997, the Federal District's Heads of Government, Regentes, were directly appointed by the President of the Republic).

On November 13, 1993, Camacho was designated Secretary of Foreign Affairs. In January 1994, due to the Zapatista uprising, Luis Donaldo Colosio's assassination in March 1994, and his failed attempt to clench the party's presidential nomination, Camacho broke with the PRI on October 13, 1995. The complicated relationship between Camacho Solis, Carlos Salinas, Luis Donaldo Colosio and Ernesto Zedillo (who was selected to replace Colosio as the PRI's presidential candidate) was the source of many rumors surrounding Colosio's assassination.

During Ernesto Zedillo's presidency, Camacho stayed away from politics until 1999 when he announced his candidacy for the presidency for the Party of the Democratic Center, a party that he had co-founded with Marcelo Ebrard.

Changing his strategy, in 2003 he became a federal deputy in the Chamber of Deputies representing the Party of the Democratic Revolution. He was selected to serve as a plurinominal deputy through an indirect election. In 2012 he was elected to the Senate.

In 2004 he joined Andrés Manuel López Obrador's political campaign. He wrote a column in the Mexico City daily El Universal. He died in Mexico City in 2015.[3]

He died on 5 June 2015.[4]

Political offices
Preceded by
Fernando Solana
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Manuel Tello Macías