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Mexican labor leader hospitalized

June 6, 1997

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Fidel Velazquez, Mexico’s longtime labor leader, has been hospitalized because of low blood pressure and general weakness.

Velazquez, 97, who has led the Mexican Workers Confederation for half a century, entered the military’s presidential guards hospital Thursday, the government’s Notimex news agency reported.

His doctor, Salomon Jasqui, said family members decided he should be hospitalized due to tiredness and dehydration.

Velazquez is secretary general of the labor federation and a mainstay of the authoritarian system that has kept the Institutional Revolutionary Party in power since 1929.

The federation has a membership of 6 million, but enjoys only a fraction of the political power it once wielded.

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