- Porfirio Muñoz Ledo
Porfirio Alejandro Muñoz Ledo y Lazo de la Vega (b.
July 23, 1933in Mexico City) is a Mexicanpolitician. He is one of the founders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution(PRD).
Muñoz Ledo studied
lawat the National Autonomous University of Mexico(UNAM) from 1951 to 1955 and later pursued graduate studies at the University of Paris.
He served as a member of the cabinets of presidents
Luis Echeverríaas Secretary of Labor (1972-1975); and José López Portilloas Secretary of Education (1976-1977). He was President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party(PRI) during the presidential campaign of 1975-1976.
Muñoz Ledo was Mexican Ambassador to the
United Nations(1978-1985), where he presided the UN Security Council, the Group of 77and the negotiations of the Global Economic Agreements.
In 1988 he broke with the PRI and won a seat in the Senate running as a candidate for the leftist
Frente Democrático Nacional(FDN) coalition. The following year ( May 5, 1989), Muñoz Ledo, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenasand other leading center-left and leftist politicians formally founded the Party of the Democratic Revolution(PRD).
Muñoz Ledo served in the Chamber of Deputies from 1997 to 1999. He was the first member of an opposition party to preside Congress in the post-revolutionary period. He ran for the presidency in 2000 as the
Authentic Party of the Mexican Revolutioncandidate but before the elections he gave his support to the National Action Partycandidate Vicente Foxwho later designated Muñoz Ledo ambassador to the European Union(2001-2004).
In 2005 he returned to the PRD to join
Andrés Manuel López Obradorin his presidential campaign.
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