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Mexico News-Apr.5

Posted by the Generals on April 7, 2011, 7:51 pm

Subject: Mexico News DAILY April 05, 2011

LatinNews Daily - 05 April 2011
Cué to investigate "disappeared"
Development: On 4 April the new governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cué, ordered an investigation into the disappearance of two alleged guerrillas.
Significance: Cué’s move is likely to put him on a collision course with the federal government, which denies that there is any problem with human rights in Mexico. The federal government also denies that it had even arrested the two alleged members of the Ejército Popular Revolucionario (EPR). The EPR which launched a short-lived bombing campaign in 2007 claimed that its two members, Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, have been ‘disappeared’. They were last seen in May 2007.
Key points:
• Cué, who won the governorship of Oaxaca last year backed by an alliance between the right-wing Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) and the left-wing Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), is overturning a decision by the previous governor, Ulises Ruiz, from the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). Cué’s move suggests that both the PAN, which currently rules nationally, and the PRD, believe that the PRI, which the opinion polls suggest will recover the presidency in 2012, can be attacked for its lack of respect for human rights.
• On 31 March, the federal government nominated Marisela Morales as the new attorney general (Procuradora General de la República, PGR). Besides having to contend with the EPR disappearances allegations, she will also have to defend the government’s use of the army in the war against organised crime, which was criticised by a UN human rights delegation last week. Morales is also facing calls to reopen the investigation into the death of General Manuel Farfán, who had been head of security in Monterrey. The new rumour in Mexico City is that he (and his four bodyguards) was killed by friendly fire rather than in an ambush by gangsters on 3 February 2011 in Monterrey.


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