The governor of the Mexican state of Puebla Martha Erika Alonso and her husband, a senator and former governor,Rafael Moreno were killed on Monday, Christmas Eve, December 24 in a helicopter crash, the country’s president said.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter “My deepest condolences to the relatives of Senator Rafael Moreno Valle and his wife, governor of Puebla Martha Erika Alonso,” he promise to investigate the accident. The pilot and another person were killed in the crash.
This incident is coming just days after Alonso took office triggered speculation of foul play on social media.
Alonso, from the center-right National Action Party (PAN), took office earlier this month after a violent, hotly contested election. An electoral tribunal had to validate the results months after the vote amid accusations of fraud.
Alonso had been in office for only 10 days. She won the election in July to become the first female governor in the history of Puebla, and was sworn in on December 14.
Rafael 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. Both were members of the PAN, like Alonso and her husband.
There is no information yet what might have caused the crash, which took place near the town of Santa María Coronango.