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Governor of violent state in western Mexico leaves post, cites health problems

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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Michoacan state Gov. Fausto Vallejo is driven away after attending a meeting at City Hall in Apatzingan, Mexico. Vallejo presented his resignation to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, citing health reasons. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File) (The Associated Press)

The Mexican government says the governor of the embattled western state of Michoacan has left his post because of health reasons.

Mexico's presidency said in a Wednesday statement that Michoacan Gov. Fausto Vallejo met with President Enrique Pena Nieto to inform him of his decision. Vallejo is a member of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Neither the presidency nor Vallejo have said what ails him. Vallejo took a leave of absence last year to have a kidney transplant.

Vallejo confirmed he is stepping down in his Twitter account, simply saying he is doing it so "I can take care of my health."

Vallejo's resignation comes a few days after local media published a purported photograph of his son in a meeting with members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.