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Mexico governor and husband killed in helicopter crash

Officials say they believe the helicopter may have suffered an unspecified failure Officials say they believe the helicopter may have suffered an unspecified failure
Patty Aguilar | 26 December, 2018, 10:28

Her husband, Senator Rafael Moreno, who was a former governor for the same state as his wife, was also killed.

It crashed in the municipality of Santa Maria Coronango, which is about 3.5 miles north of the city's main airport on the western outskirts, federal Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo told a news conference.

"As President, I am committed to investigating the causes to find out the truth about what happened and act accordingly".

In elections in July, she narrowly beat Manuel Barbosa, President López Obrador's favoured candidate for the governorship of one of Mexico's most populous states.

Rafael Moreno Valle, a prominent figure in the opposition National Action Party who had vied unsuccessfully for the party's presidential nomination and its internal leadership.

Lopez Obrador expressed his "deepest condolences" via Twitter to the family of on Monday evening.

The governor, Martha Erika Alonso, took office as governor just 10 days ago.

Police and rescue personnel stand at the scene of the crash
Officials say they believe the helicopter may have suffered an unspecified failure

Mr Moreno, 50, had served as Puebla's governor between 2011 and 2017.

Martha Erika Alonso, governor of the state of Puebla, delivers a speech during her swearing-in ceremony in Puebla, Mexico, December 14, 2018.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard paid tribute to the couple on Twitter as he confirmed the deaths. It followed a controversial election that was marred by allegations of fraud, but an electoral tribunal ruled in her favor.

Federal interior ministers - both from the PAN - died in separate crashes in 2008 and 2011.

Martha Erika Alonso delivers a speech during her swearing-in ceremony in Puebla, Mexico, on December 14, 2018.

Puebla's parliament will now have to appoint an interim governor until new elections are held.

Earlier this year, 13 people died when a minister's helicopter crashed into a crowd, although the minister himself survived, our correspondent says.

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