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Main Contender



José Antonio Meade Kuribreña

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña stepped down from his post as Mexico’s secretary of finance on November 27, 2017, and declared his intention to seek the PRI’s nomination for president. He has already received the backing of Manuel Osorio Chong and Eruviel Avial Villegas, formerly considered possible contenders for the nomination.

Prior to his role as Mexico’s secretary of finance, Meade was the secretary of social development from 2015 to 2016, secretary of external relations from 2012 to 2015 and secretary of energy in 2011. He has spent his career in the public sector, primarily within the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.

Meade holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and in law from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) and the Autonomous University of Mexico, respectively. He has also served as a professor of economics at both Yale and ITAM.