Mayor of Mexican Town Assassinated During His First Day in Office

Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico: Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, a member of Mexican President AMLO’s National Regeneration Movement, had just taken office in the town of Tlaxiaco when he was gunned down. Local politicians are often targeted because they crack down on corruption and local crime or because they favor a certain cartel and are killed by its rivals. 175 politicians were murdered between September 2017 and August 2018. -GEG

Mexico is no stranger to the assassinations of elected officials and candidates for office. And on Tuesday, the latest act of political violence to rock the nation occurred in a town in the southern state of Oaxaca, when the newly sworn in mayor was murdered by a group of gunmen while on his way to his first official meeting.

Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, a member of AMLO’s National Regeneration Movement, had only just taken office in the town of Tlaxiaco when he was gunned down, according to the New York Post.

Holding elected office in Mexico is a perilous task. According to one figure, 175 politicians were murdered between September 2017 and August 2018. Aparicio Santiago wasn’t the only NRM member to be murdered over the past week: On Sunday, María Ascención Torres Cruz was murdered in the state of Morelos.

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