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Jailed Mexican union boss finds little support

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 12:13pm  ET

In this photo released by Mexico's federal court system, the head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union, Elba Esther Gordillo, stands behind bars as she appears for a hearing at a federal prison in Mexico City, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Mexico's most powerful woman was formally charged with a massive embezzlement scheme on Wednesday, standing grim-faced behind bars live on national television in what many called a clear message that the new government is asserting its authority. (AP Photo/Juzgado Sexto de Distrito en Procesos Penales Federales)

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Jailed Mexican union boss Elba Esther Gordillo is finding little support as political players distance themselves from her, and yield to President Enrique Pena Nieto's move to arrest her on corruption charges

The teachers union that Gordillo ruled for nearly a quarter century has quickly elected one of her former lieutenants to replace her.

And the National Alliance Party she helped create issued a statement saying it wouldn't comment on the legal proceedings.

The decision to arrest Gordillo for allegedly embezzling union funds appeared to mark a return to the old days of powerful presidents who presided over highly orchestrated and well-oiled political operations.

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