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Demetrio Javier Sodi de la Tijera (born September 25, 1944 in Mexico City) is a Mexican politician who has served in the upper and lower house of Congress. In 2006 he unsuccessfully ran as the National Action Party (PAN), candidate for the Head of Government of the Federal District. He is the uncle of the popular actress and singer Thalía.


Sodi studied business administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana and pursued graduate studies at Harvard University.

Political and professional careerEdit

Demetrio Sodi has been a member of the three main political parties in Mexico. From 1962 to 1975 he worked for Grupo Cifra. In 1977 he began to work in the public service. In 1988 he was elected an Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) deputy to serve during the LIV Legislature. In April 1994 he quit the PRI and in October 1997 he joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He served in the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District and in 1997 he was elected to serve in the federal Chamber of Deputies; then, in 2000 he was elected to the Senate and served during the LVIII Legislature and the LIX Legislature. He is a good example of a "Changer"; according with the political winds, he changes of ideology.

At the national level, he coordinated social support programs in Conasupo and was managing director of Diconsa stores, where he increased the number of stores between 1978 and 1982 from 3,200 to 16,000.

He was General Coordinator of Supplies and Food Distribution in the Federal District Department from 1982 to 1987.

In the private sector his professional career was developed in Aurrerá supermarket chain (since bought out by Wal-Mart).

In 1993 Sodi conceived, planned and organized members of all political parties and citizen organizations that participated and called up the first plebiscite to achieve more democracy in Mexico City by pressuring the federal government for establishing popular and democratic election of the Head of Government.

In October 2004 Sodi called for, along with Henry Davis, the creation of the Centro de Estudios para la Zona Metropolitana (Metropolitan Area research center), a civil association known as Metrópoli 2025 that currently brings together more than 200 scholars, researchers, businesspeople and politicians worried about the future of the Valley of Mexico[citation needed].

In 2005 he resigned from the PRD and began seeking support with other parties for his candidacy for the 2006 election to the Head of Government of the Federal District; he obtained the PAN candidacy.

Sodi was accused by his opponents of early campaigning: the official campaign had not officially started when he was running ads on radio and television and touring Mexico City to learn about the demands and needs of the inhabitants, especially the poorest, as senator.

On 2009 Sodi won the elections for Miguel Hidalgo Delegation in Mexico City, over his opponents Ana Guevara (PRD), and Martín Olavarrieta (PRI).

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