Sep 18, 2012

Two PRI politicians killed within days in Mexico

Los Angeles Times Blogs: MEXICO CITY -- Two politicians from the soon-to-be-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, have been slain within two days of each other, sending a chilling reminder of the violent Mexico that awaits the new administration.

One of the killings, on Friday in the border state of Sonora, bore the hallmarks of an organized-crime hit: Eduardo Castro Luque, a congressman-elect in the state legislature, was shot to death by masked assassins who sped away on a motorcycle, authorities said.

The second slaying was more unusual: Jaime Serrano Cedillo, a congressman in the state of Mexico legislature, was stabbed to death Sunday as he walked down a street in Nezahualcoyotl, a sprawling district on the outskirts of Mexico City, authorities and local news reports said.

Both belonged to the PRI, which is returning to presidential power on Dec. 1 after the contentious election of Enrique Peña Nieto. Read more.

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