A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN DEMOCRACY
MANUEL CAMACHO SOLIS (PRD), member of the 49th Congress; former mayor of Mexico City; and former secretary of foreign relations.
AMBASSADOR ROBERTA LAJOUS (PRI), former Mexican ambassador to Austria and Cuba and permanent representative from Mexico at the United Nations in Vienna and New York; former director general for North America and for Europe in the Mexican Foreign Ministry.
JUAN MOLINAR HORCASITAS (PAN), member of the 49th Congress; chairman for the Council on Economic Affairs, PAN; former professor of political science at El Colegio de México and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; and former undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior.
Amador Bustos, President and CEO of Bustos Media LLP
Celina Rodriguez, Anchor, Telemundo, NBC
Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
As Mexican citizens living abroad are gearing up to cast their votes for the first time in July 2006, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Leadership and Ethics program of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Bank of America are pleased to co-host two debates in the San Francisco Bay area between representatives from the three major Mexican political parties: the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), and the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD).
The debaters, each national leaders in their own right, will represent their respective parties' policy ideas and solutions to the pressing issues in Mexico today. This program will highlight the issues framing U.S.-Mexico relations and the challenges facing each party in the upcoming election in July 2006, when Mexicans will vote for all 500 seats in the Congress and all 128 seats in the Senate, in addition to electing the president.
Questions posed to the candidates' representatives were crafted by the Ethics Center with input from faculty, staff, and members of the local Mexican community ranging from laborers to executives.
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