Newly-elected lower chamber federal lawmaker Norma Azucena Rodriguez Zamora was traveling in a vehicle alongside the highway between Mexico City and Tuxpan when two armed and masked men intercepted and kidnapped her.
The congresswoman, elected on July 1st to represent the State of Veracruz, was traveling in a car in the Mexican state of Hidalgo when two gunmen shot at her, injuring the driver and an assistant and causing the vehicle to crash. The attackers removed Norma Rodriguez from her car and forced her into their vehicle.
The 32-year-old official is due to take office on September 1st, to represent the coastal state of Veracruz in Mexico's federal lower house in Congress, for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Before being elected as a lawmaker, Norma Azucena was the mayor of Tihuatlan in the Veracruz State.
Victor Hugo Prado, president of the executive committee of the PRD in the Jalisco state, has demanded the return of his colleague. Security teams are working on search and rescue actions.
"We demand the return and wellbeing, of the elected federal lawmaker of the PRD Azucena Rodriguez Zamora, who was kidnapped by a group of armed individuals on the Mexico-Tuxpan federal highway, in the Hidalgo municipality of Acaxochitlán."
The motivations for this specific kidnapping are yet unknown. However, a mid-July report revealed Mexico’s latest electoral process was the most violent in recent history with 152 politicians killed, out of which 48 were candidates or precandidates.