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Recently elected Mexican mayor seeks U.S. asylum following death threats from drug cartels: Video

September 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Recently elected Mexican mayor seeks U.S. asylum following death threats from drug cartels: Video

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Recently elected Mexican mayor seeks U.S. asylum following death threats from drug cartels

A recently elected Mexican councilwoman who was appointed the mayor of a city in the southern state of Michoacan publicly relinquished her position and announced her plans to seek asylum in the United States following threats made against her life by drug cartels.

Law enforcement sources told local media that her exit from office takes place after she began receiving threats from drug cartels.

Last weekend, Elvia Del Socorro Ortega, the newly elected councilwoman for Buenavista, which is a small city in the Mexican state of Michoacan, released a video where she announced she was leaving her position and her political party MORENA.

Along with status as councilwoman-elect, Socorro was appointed to become the mayor of Buenavista after the slaying of the mayor-elect Eliseo Delgado Sanchez.

In footage published by Ortega, she said that she is fleeing Mexico and flashed her plane ticket from Michoacan to Tijuana, Baja California.

In another video, Ortega said she was in Tijuana where she again claims that she is leaving her post to seek political asylum.

Ortega’s public departure occurs days after Mexican officials arrested Cesar “El Boto” Sepulveda Arellano, a leading figure within Los Viagras cartel. Sepulveda is a boss behind the June murder of Javier Ureña, the then acting mayor of Buenavista. Breitbart Texas reported that the murder was intended to influence the election.

Soon after the elections, Sepulveda and his men were also tied to the July homicide of the newly elected mayor of Buenavista, Eliseo Delgado Sanchez.

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