Monday, October 27, 2014

México: Guerrero Legislature Names Rogelio Ortega Martínez as Governor

According to The Latin American Tribune, the legislature in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on Sunday (October 26) named Rogelio Ortega Martínez as governor, replacing Angel Aguirre, to aid in the search for 43 missing students.

Guerrero state legislators voted 39-6 to appoint Ortega Martínez to serve until October 27, 2015, in a bid to reduce the tension, discontent and growing protests in Guerrero and across México arising from the lack of results in the investigation into the students’ disappearance.

Local media reported that Ortega Martínez served as head of the Autonomous University of Guerrero and has been an activist who has maintained good relations with different student organizations within the state.

In addition, he participated in the work to politically reform Guerrero during the government of Zeferino Torreblanca.

COMMENT: Former Governor Aguirre presented his resignation last Thursday (October 23) after four weeks of mounting social pressure over the lack of results in the investigation and accusations of negligence and incompetence in clearing up the case of the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala.

On September 26, municipal polic-- on orders of then-Iguala Mayor José Luís Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda--opened fire on teacher trainee students and others, killing six of them, wounding 25 and arresting 43 others, who then disappeared.

According to the investigation conducted by Mexican authorities, police from the nearby town of Cocula also participated in handing over the students to a Guerreros Unidos criminal group lieutenant identified as “Gil.”

The whereabouts of the youths is unknown because the 52 suspects detained by authorities, including purported Guerreros Unidos leader Sidronio Casarrubias, do not include Gil or two other suspected cartel members who allegedly received the students from the hands of Iguala police.

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