Latin America & Caribbean

Mexican mayoral candidate murdered in Guerrero state

A protester demonstrates outside Downing Street in central London on March 3, 2015 over the abduction of 43 students in Mexico over four months ago, on the first day of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's state visit to Britain Image copyright AFP
Image caption There have been worldwide protests against the high level of violence in Mexico

The decapitated body of a politician has been found in one of Mexico's most violent states, Guerrero, where she had been standing for mayor in June's elections.

Aide Nava's body was discovered on a road near the state capital, Chilpancingo. She had been kidnapped on Tuesday.

A note near her body threatened the same treatment for other politicians.

Violence in Guerrero has cast doubt over polls scheduled there for June.

The note near Aide Nava's body said if politicians did not "fall into line" they would be executed.

It was signed by Los Rojos, one of the main criminal groups in the state.

Last year Aide Nava's son was kidnapped and has never been found. Her husband, a former mayor, was also murdered.

Guerrero and eight other Mexican states hold local elections in June, but there are doubts elections can take place in Guerrero because of the high levels of violence.

Last year, 43 students in Guerrero disappeared, and remain missing.

According to the government the students were abducted by corrupt local police and handed over to a criminal gang for execution.

The disappearances sparked an international outcry over criminal violence in Mexico.

President Enrique Pena Nieto promised to restore order to Mexico when he took office in 2012.

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