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Mexican governor, her senator spouse die in Christmas eve helicopter crash

A Mexican governor, Martha Erika Alonso, and her senator husband, Rafael Moreno, have died in a helicopter crash in the centre of the country on Monday.

Alonso, a senior opposition figure and new governor of the central state of Puebla, died with  Moreno, a senator and the former governor of the same state, when their helicopter came down not far from the state capital of Puebla city.

“I said hello to (Moreno) in the Senate just a few days ago. Those of us who had the opportunity to know them are sad and troubled,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter, confirming the deaths of the couple.

Alonso, from the centre-right National Action Party (PAN), took office earlier this month after a local election that was hotly contested with Lopez Obrador’s leftist National Regeneration Movement, or MORENA. An electoral tribunal had to validate the results months after the vote amid accusations of fraud.

Moreno was governor of Puebla between 2011 and 2017 and headed the PAN in the Senate.  A number of Mexican politicians have died in aircraft accidents in the past few years, including federal interior ministers in 2008 and 2011. The latter two were also members of the PAN.

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