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Assassination of candidate Rodolfo Torre in Mexico rattles institutions

Rodolfo torre cantu tamaulipas el universal

The killing of a leading candidate for governor in a northern Mexican state just days before an election has rattled political institutions in the country, adding to the challenges faced by President Felipe Calderon as his administration tries to crack down on drug trafficking cartels, The Times reports.

Gunmen ambushed and killed Rodolfo Torre and four members of his campaign Monday as they traveled on a road outside Ciudad Victoria, capital of Tamaulipas state, on the way to a campaign event. The attack drew widespread condemnation from the political parties and Calderon, who blamed "organized crime" without naming a specific group.

Tamaulipas was once the exclusive domain of the Gulf cartel before the gang's enforcement arm, a group known as the Zetas, broke off and began challenging its hold on the region. Officials say the election will continue as planned (link in Spanish) Sunday. Torre was leading in polls; his party has not named a replacement candidate.

Torre, a physician who campaigned on a promise of tougher security in his state and more integration with neighboring Texas, belonged to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. His death was the most high-profile political assassination in Mexico since the 1994 killing of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, also of the PRI.

In a televised message Tuesday, Calderon called on citizens to stand with the government in its efforts against the cartels. Several top business groups in Mexico asked the government to ensure security and calm in the country, El Universal reports. The Mexican stock exchange dropped 39 points as news of the Tamaulipas attack spread.

“The cartels don't seek a failed state. Rather, they want ‘dual sovereignty,’ that is, to pay off public officials in return for their closing their eyes to criminality," said George W. Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

Photo: A body lies beside a Rodolfo Torre campaign van in Tamaulipas on Monday. Credit: El Universal

More NBA en Español

Enebea The National Basketball Assn. announced today the launch of éne-bé-a, a marketing campaign that tailors the NBA experience to Latino fans. 

With Latinos accounting for 15% of the NBA’s U.S. fan base of 120 million, according to Simmons Market Research, the new campaign aims to engage these fans and reach new ones.

“It will allow us to further grow the game of basketball throughout the Hispanic market,” said Saskia Sorrosa, NBA senior director of U.S. Hispanic marketing.

It’s the league’s first comprehensive, multi-platform promotion catering to Latino fans and will include:

-- Television, radio and online advertising

-- TV spots featuring the Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa and other pro players that will run on Latino networks such as Telemundo, Univision, Telefutura, Discovery en Espanol, CNN en Espanol and MTV3, among other channels

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