Former Mexican President Luis Echeverría died at 79 on Saturday.
Echeverría died at his residence in Cuernavaca in south-central Mexico.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the current President of Mexico, confirmed Echeverría’s death on Twitter and expressed his condolences to Echeverría’s friends and family but did not mention Echeverría’s cause of death.
“On behalf of the Government of Mexico, I send respectful condolences to the family and friends of Luis Echeverría Álvarez, president of Mexico, during the six-year term from 1970 to 1976,” Obrador said in a tweet.
Echeverría served as Mexico’s president from 1970 to 1976 but was known as “authoritarian and repressive” even before he began his presidency.
Echeverría began his political career at 22 when he militated for the PRI, became the head of the Interior Ministry in 1958, and became the first former Mexican head of state formally accused of criminal wrongdoing in 2004.
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