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Ex-soccer star, now mayor, ends hunger strike in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Former Mexican soccer star Cuauhtemoc Blanco says he is ending a hunger strike to defend his mayorship of the city of Cuernavaca, after Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a stay against efforts to impeach him.

Blanco posted photos Sunday of crowds cheering him outside the cathedral in Cuernavaca.

He had begun sitting outside the cathedral early Saturday to protest the state congress’ decision to refer the impeachment process to a three-judge panel.

Blanco was elected to the mayorship last year in his first political experience. Since then scandals have surfaced, including allegations he was paid to run on the ticket of a tiny political party.

The state congress says Blanco violated election procedures, including not proving his residency in Cuernavaca, which is south of Mexico City.

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