Release of jailed union boss reveals Mexican president's empty promise, critics say

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Elba Esther Gordillo’s imprisonment was offered as proof of the president’s fight against corruption. Now she seems poised to help him

Elba Esther Gordillo, the head of Mexico’s teachers’ union, was arrested in 2013 as she stepped from a private jet that had just flown in from California.

Known simply as “La Maestra” – the teacher – Gordillo was notorious for her extensive plastic surgery, her eye-popping wealth – and her mastery of bare-knuckle politics.

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