Luis Álvarez, Leading Figure in Mexico’s National Action Party, Dies at 96

5/24/2016 The New York Times

Luis_H._AlvarezMEXICO CITY — Luis H. Álvarez, a leading figure in the conservative National Action Party in Mexico who dedicated his life to the fight for democracy there, died on May 18 at his home in León, Mexico. He was 96.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, his nephew Fernando Álvarez said.

Mr. Álvarez, who was originally a textile executive, was steadfast in his efforts to end the long rule of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI.

In 1958, he ran unsuccessfully for president against that party’s candidate, Adolfo López Mateos, in what seemed like a quixotic campaign.

Almost three decades later, with the ruling party still immovable, he rallied opposition in Chihuahua, his home state, to protest voting fraud, undertaking a long hunger strike that helped focus international attention on the Mexican opposition’s struggle for democracy.

But it was not until 2000, when the National Action Party, or PAN, won the presidency, that the PRI’s 71-year rule ended.

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