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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Salinas Plans Hunger Strike As Protest

MEXICO CITY -- Former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari has said he will begin a hunger strike to force the current government to admit it bungled the peso devaluation and to clear up questions about the assassination of political candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio.


The dramatic move added a new twist to a growing political crisis that has become a virtual Greek tragedy.


Salinas made the announcement on the television network Azteca, saying he would give "the most valuable thing I have: my life" in his quest for the truth about the two matters.


He said his "total hunger strike" would begin immediately.


Salinas said the action was not connected to Tuesday's arrest of his brother, Raul Salinas, for allegedly masterminding the Sep. 28 assassination of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) secretary-general Francisco Ruiz Massieu.


Raul Salinas, 48, is currently in a federal prison on the outskirts of the Mexican capital.


Colosio, the PRI's original candidate for presidential elections last August, was killed last March in the northern border city of Tijuana in what prosecutors appointed by President Ernesto Zedillo say was a plot involving various people and two gunmen, the second of whom was arrested last Friday.


The new conclusion contrasts with previous findings during the Salinas administration, which ended on Dec. 1, that the murder was the work of one man, and has led to accusations that Salinas ordered a cover-up in the Colosio case.