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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Background: Dip. Zavaleta is a founding member of the PRD, the leading party of the left in...

Fri, January 30, 2009 • 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM • Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas campus (for map: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit/)

Background: Dip. Zavaleta is a founding member of the PRD, the leading party of the left in Mexico. During her career in Mexican politics, she has occupied positions such as Secretary of Social Development and Secretary of Finance for Mexico City during the tenure of Cuahtémoc Cárdenas as mayor. Dip. Zavaleta has also served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City and as Borough President in Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City. In 2006 she was elected to the Mexican House of Representatives and named Speaker shortly thereafter. Her term in office was characterized by heated political tension in Mexico, following the presidential election of 2006, when the current President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, defeated the PRD's presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in an extraordinarily close race. Zavaleta was criticized by her party when she became one of the first PRD legislators to recognize Calderón as President. Born in 1966, Dip. Zavaleta graduated from UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a degree in sociology. Contact: For more information, please contact the Mexican Center at 512.232.2423 or atg.sanders@austin.utexas.edu

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