At a panel hosted Tuesday by Richardson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Sarukhan wouldn’t say whether he’d stay in his post if President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto asked him. But he said the PRI and the Mexican population have shifted, and that the country’s maturing democracy would not allow anyone to “turn back the clock.”

“The president-elect belongs, we belong, to a generation of Mexicans that believe and hope that things can be done in a very different way,” Sarukhan said at the panel discussion, which featured speakers who were in town for the Democratic National Convention. “I don’t think there’s any politician who … could go back to the days of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’”

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