Mexican state's tourism minister shot to death in ambush

By REUTERS
March 10, 2013 05:17

 
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MEXICO CITY - The new minister of tourism in one of Mexico's biggest states was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon in an upscale neighborhood of Guadalajara, the country's second most populous city, local officials said.

Jose de Jesus Gallegos, tourism minister for Jalisco, the home of tequila and Mexico's mariachi music, was stopped in his vehicle by armed men and gunned down with a pistol, state Interior Minister Arturo Zamora told reporters.

Gallegos had been in office only a week in the state, which President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party recaptured in a 2012 election after 18 years in opposition. The new state government took office on March 1.

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