Mexico state governor and senator husband die in helicopter crash

Mexican Governor Martha Erika Alonso killed in helicopter crash

Mexican Governor Martha Erika Alonso killed in helicopter crash

The newly elected governor of Mexico's Puebla state and her husband, a federal senator and former governor of the state, were killed Monday in what local media report was a helicopter crash.

He added that his government's investigation of the crash will "tell the truth about what happened and act accordingly".

In elections in July, she narrowly beat Manuel Barbosa, President López Obrador's favoured candidate for the governorship of one of Mexico's most populous states.

Marko Cortes, head of the center-right National Action Party, said via Twitter he was deeply saddened to hear about the accident in which Alonso, Moreno and others were killed.

President Andrés Obrador confirmed the deaths on Twitter Monday evening.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted: 'I said hello to [Moreno] in the Senate just a few days ago.

She was the first female governor of her state. Those of us who had the opportunity to know them are sad and troubled'.

Martha Erika Alonso, governor of the state of Puebla, delivers a speech during her swearing-in ceremony in Puebla, Mexico, December 14, 2018.

President López Obrador's leftist Morena party had alleged widespread irregularities and fraud in the poll, and the final results had to be validated by an electoral tribunal.

"Every single doubt must be cleared up", he said.

Federal interior ministers - both from the PAN - died in separate crashes in 2008 and 2011. "This is not the time to make any speculation".

Martha Erika Alonso delivers a speech during her swearing-in ceremony in Puebla, Mexico, on December 14, 2018.

Benito Nacif, an official at the federal electoral institute, said Puebla's Congress would have to appoint an interim governor until new elections could be held for a successor to serve out the remainder of Alonso's term.

BBC News reported that 13 people died earlier this year when a minister's helicopter crashed into a crowd.

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