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Troubled Mexican Governor Resigns

May 12, 1998

CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) _ The governor of the central Mexican state of Morelos announced his resignation Tuesday following corruption and drug-trafficking allegations against him and state law enforcement officials.

Jorge Carrillo Olea had vowed not to quit, but said he changed his mind because of his ``desire to honestly contribute to resolving this complex, problematic political situation″ in Morelos. He denied any wrongdoing.

The resignation would be effective Wednesday, when he submits a formal request to the state legislature. Lawmakers from his ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party said they would honor his request.

Pressure began building for him to step down in January after federal police caught the commander of Morelos’ anti-kidnapping unit, Armando Martinez Salgado, and two other officers dumping the tortured, charred body of a kidnapping suspect on a rural road in neighboring Guerrero state.

Martinez and other officials later were accused of working with kidnappers, covering up crimes and failing to pursue kidnappers.

The National Human Rights Commission recently found that Morelos law enforcement officials ``generated an atmosphere of insecurity among residents, stemming from a wave of kidnappings, homicides, torture, abuse of authority and other crimes, committed or permitted by them.″

Opposition parties that hold a third of the seats in the state legislature have revived accusations that Carrillo Olea was linked to the late drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes.

The New York Times linked Carrillo Olea to drug traffickers last year in one of a series of stories that later won a Pulitzer Prize.

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