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Mexican governor died with her husband in a plane crash 10 days after the oath

Alonso was the first woman to lead Puebla in history.

Marta Erika Alonso and Rafael Moreno Valle Photo NOTIMEX

The governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, Martha Erica Alonso, was killed in a helicopter crash with her husband, Rafael Moreno Valle, Reuters and BBCreported . The information was confirmed by the President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims.

On board the helicopter were spouses and two pilots. It crashed on December 24, shortly after departure from the state capital. The president noted that he would conduct an investigation into the catastrophe in order to “tell the truth about what had happened.”

Helicopter crash site Photo by Reuters

Marta Erica Alonso, 45, took over as governor on December 14th. She became the first female head of Puebla in history. In the elections, she won with a small margin Manuel Barbosa, who was supported by the current president. The party of the head of state complained of violations on election day and incorrect results. Barbosa himself called the incident “a tragedy that no one could wish for,” and said that regardless of political views, he was “in shock and mourning.”

Rafael Moreno Valle was also the governor of Puebla. He held the post from 2011 to 2017. According to the laws, the state parliament must now appoint the acting governor until new elections are held.

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