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Mayor-Elect, Driver Disappear in Southern Mexico
MEXICO CITY – The mayor-elect of Cochoapa El Grande, a city in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, and his driver went missing over the weekend, officials said on Monday.

Daniel Esteban Gonzalez’s disappearance was reported by Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) officials and relatives, who traveled from the remote city to Chilpancingo, the state capital, in the past few hours.

Esteban Gonzalez and his driver, Juventino Garcia Rosas, went missing Sunday night while driving on the Tlapa-Cochoapa highway after attending a meeting.

Celestino Cesareo Guzman, the PRD’s coordinator in the state legislature, said the missing politician’s family had asked him not to comment on the case.

Esteban Gonzalez’s family is hoping that he was abducted and they will receive a call from the kidnappers demanding ransom soon, the PRD official said, adding that protests would take place if no word is received about the politician.

The mayor-elect’s wife, Edith Lopez Rivera, said he had received death threats during the campaign in an attempt to pressure him to not run for office.

Esteban Gonzalez, who won the mayoralty of Cochoapa El Grande on the PRD ticket in the July 1 general elections, was also pressured to turn down the office.

Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Hermelinda Rivera Francisco challenged the election results and the Guerrero state elections commission ruled in her favor on July 27.

Esteban Gonzalez appealed to the TEPJF federal electoral court, which ruled that he won the mayoral election.

The PRI candidate appealed that ruling and a final decision is being awaited.

Guerrero, one of the poorest and most violent states in Mexico, has been in the public spotlight since the Sept. 26, 2014, disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School students in the city of Iguala.

The students, according to officials, were detained by police and then handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.

The official version of events is that the Guerreros Unidos cartel murdered the students and cremated the remains at the dump in Cocula in an enormous fire that burned for hours.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.


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