Egidio Torre Cantu, whose brother, Rodolfo, was murdered in June while running in the gubernatorial election in Tamaulipas, has been sworn in as governor of the northeastern Mexican state.
The 53-year-old Torre Cantu was sworn in on Saturday at the Polyforum in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas.
The new governor, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said he would focus on making the state a safer and better place to live.
“We want to be able to move freely on our streets, to find everything in its place when we return home. To leave the kids at school and go to work with the peace to do a good job. To face or file for a trial knowing we’ll be treated impartially,” Torre Cantu said.
The new governor, who succeeds fellow PRI member Eugenio Hernandez, said ensuring the public safety required coordination among the federal, state and municipal levels of government.
He praised the role being played by the armed forces and Federal Police in fighting crime in Mexico.
“The army and navy ensure national sovereignty by carrying out the task of providing domestic security for our fatherland,” Torre Cantu said.
The new governor has named retired army Brig. Gen. Ubaldo Ayala to be chief of the state police.
The largest cities in Tamaulipas – Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros – will all have retired military officers in charge of their police departments.
Torre Cantu won the July 4 gubernatorial election on the ticket of the Todos Tamaulipas (We Are All Tamaulipas) coalition, which is made up of the PRI, the Green Party and the New Alliance Party, or PANAL.
His brother, Rodolfo, was killed along with four other people on June 28 in an attack believed to have been carried out by drug traffickers.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Tamaulipas has been dealing with a wave of violence unleashed by drug traffickers battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.
The border state has become a battleground for the Gulf drug cartel and Los Zetas.
After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account about a year ago and now control several lucrative territories.