The newly elected governor of Puebla State, Mexico, and her husband, a federal senator and former state governor, were killed on Monday in a local helicopter crash.
Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador has joined the family of Puebla Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and ex-Gov expressed his deep condolences over Twitter. Rafael Moreno Valle.
Both victims were members of the conservative National Action Party. Party leader Marko Cortes tweeted: "I deeply regret the fatal accident in which Martha Ericka Alonso, Rafael Moreno Valle and other people have lost their lives, may they rest in peace." Cortes added that the party was "in mourning".
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. Alonso took office less than two weeks ago as governor. Moreno Valle ruled the central state from 201
The newspaper Reforma reported that the helicopter had flown from the homonymous capital of Puebla and crashed in Huejotzingo about 20 miles away.
Alonso's July referendum was denied by Morena's party of Lopez Obrador, who claimed that she had been affected by widespread irregularities and manipulated by Moreno Valle to hand over power to his wife.
But independent electoral authorities confirmed the outcome and she was sworn in place on December 14.
Government agencies and officials of former President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, also expressed their condolences in statements and social media.
The Associated Press Contributed to This Report