Wednesday April 16, 2014 - 04:52:07 PM

Vallejo: Violence grew in my absence

BY VÍCTOR MAYÉN

AND YVONNE REYES

The News

Michoacán Gov. Fausto Vallejo said on Tuesday that the recent violence in his state is the result of a power vacuum that emerged during his leave of absence, when he traveled to the United States to undergo a liver transplant.

His comments came in response to calls by National Action Party (PAN) Senate Coordinator Jorge Luis Preciado Rodríguez for the federal government to officially declare that Michoacán had entered a state of ungovernability, which would require new elections to be held.

Vallejo, who temporarily stepped down on April 23 and only returned to office last week, dismissed the need for new elections saying that things stopped getting done during this period, blaming interim Gov. Jesús Reyna García for the deteriorating security situation, as well as the proliferation of vigilante groups in indigenous communities.

Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) Chamber of Deputies Coordinator Silvano Aureoles Conejo said that blaming others is not the manner to solve the problem of violence in Michoacán.

Violence tied to criminal organization in Michoacán began to spiral out of control in 2007, following former President Felipe Calderón’s decision to use armed force to restore control of the state, which only aggravated struggles between rival cartels.

Vigilante groups began to appear in mid-2011, months before the gubernatorial race that brought Vallejo to power.

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