martes, 25 de septiembre de 2012

Mexico's former education minister dies

Politicians paid their respects on 25 September to Alonso Lujambio Irazábal, a senator of the conservative National Action Party and Mexico's former education minister who died of cancer that day, newspapers reported. Born in 1962, he studied sociology in Mexico, then politics at Yale University in the United States. He worked with the electoral authority from 1997 to 2003, advised the United Nations on designing parliamentary elections for Iraq after the overthrow of its dictator Saddam Hussein, and lectured at Mexico's Iberoamericana and Autonomous National (UNAM) universities. He served as Public Education Secretary from April 2009 to March 2012 when he resigned for ill health; his illness also ended the presidential race he began in 2011 as a pre-candidate. On 29 August - after months of medical treatment - he went to the Senate to swear his oath as a member and received a standing ovation. President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa called him "a kind human being" and example of "good sense and honesty," Excelsior reported on 25 September.

Police seek missing Mexican activist

The governor of Baja California ordered the state's judiciary on 25 September to take over search operations for a student activist thought to have disappeared in the state in northern Mexico on 19 or 20 September, El Universal reported. The state's chief prosecutor Rommel Moreno Manjarrez was personally tasked with leading the search for Aleph Jiménez Domínguez, described as a spokesman for Yo Soy 132, a student protest group formed in the general elections of July 2012 and critical of its results. The state judiciary summoned several people reportedly involved in a scuffle or altercation with members of Yo Soy 132, at an unspecified location on 15 September, to check possible links with the disappearance.