Mayor-elect killed in Mexico

2010-10-10 09:04

Oaxaca - The mayor-elect of a small town in Oaxaca state has been slain, police said on Saturday, on the heels of 11 murders of mayors in Mexico so far this year.

Antonio Jimenez, who was about to take over the mayor's post in Martires de Tacubaya, a town of 1 200, was murdered on Friday on his way home from working in the country. There was no motive or suspect immediately known, police said.

Jimenez, 47, was a teacher and member of the centre-left Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Authorities have blamed the murders of the other mayors on organised crime and drug gangs.

Violence has spiralled across the country since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on organised crime gangs, involving about 50 000 troops, in 2006.