Mexican president expresses condolences over mayor's murder

08:47, August 19, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday expressed condolences over the death of Edelmiro Cavazos Leal, the mayor of Santiago, a small town in the northern state Nuevo Leon.

"We express our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Cavazos Leal and our solidarity at this difficult time," said a statement from the president's office.

The statement said that the present had ordered the nation's interior minister, Jose Francisco Blake Mora, to review security in the area along with the regional government.

The mayor's body was found on Wednesday on the side of a highway linking Santiago to Cola de Caballo, another town in the same state. He was kidnapped on Sunday.

Nuevo Leon's state attorney, Alejandro Garza Garza, told local broadcasters that the murder was probably conducted by drug traffickers who wanted to challenge authorities.

"But the only thing they will achieve is to make us, the authorities, unite with more strength against organized crime," said the state attorney.

This was the second murder of a high-profile politician in Mexico this year. At the end of June, Rodolfo Torre Cantu, a gubernatorial candidate for the Institutional Revolution Party ( PRI) in Nuevo Leon's neighboring state Tamaulipas, was gunned down along with four bodyguards during his campaign ahead of the nation 's July 4 regional elections.

Source: Xinhua


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