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Mexican mayor who said he stole 'a little' answers critics again
Mexican mayor who said he stole 'a little' answers critics again

From the you-can’t-make-this-up department: Hilario Ramirez Villanueva came to many people's attention last June, when the then-retired mayor said, sure, he had stolen from the government treasury while in office, but only “poquito” -- a little bit. A month later, he was elected again to the same post: mayor of the city of San Blas, a Pacific coastal town in the state of Nayarit. Already, he is back in hot water. At a lavish birthday party he threw for himself in late February, Ramirez entertained thousands of guests with a famous band, 50,000 cases of beer and the barbecued meat of 50 head of cattle. Then, while dancing with a young, dark-haired woman, the...

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