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Questions Remain 18 Years after Assassination of Presidential Candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio

LADB Article ID: 78542
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2012-03-28
By: Carlos Navarro

Almost two decades have passed since presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was gunned down during a campaign rally in Tijuana on March 23, 1994, and many questions remain about the murder. Authorities are sticking with the theory that the man they arrested, Mario Aburto, was acting on his own initiative and was not part of a conspiracy. Still, many theories are floating around, including one that suggests that Colosio’s murder was part of a conspiracy by members of his own Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) or the drug cartels. The PRI’s current candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, has invoked Colosio’s name during informal campaign speeches, which is part of a strategy to make him appear as a populist.

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