Argentine Governor dies of shots to head

The .38-caliber revolver was fired as Rio Negro Gov Carlos Soria and his wife Susana were in their bedroom after spending New Year`s Eve.

Buenos Aires: The ruling party Governor of a
western Argentine province was killed on Sunday of gunshots to the
head, and his wife was being questioned by police.

The .38-caliber revolver was fired as Rio Negro Gov Carlos
Soria and his wife Susana were in their bedroom after spending
New Year`s Eve at their home in General Roca, authorities

Emergency personnel found him bleeding in bed and took him
alive to the local hospital, where he was declared dead just
before 5 am, local time, local media reported.

The governor`s spokesman, Julian Goinhex confirmed the
death but gave no further details about what happened to the
62-year-old Soria.

Soria led the province`s Peronist Justicialist Party and
won election by a wide margin in October.

He was inaugurated on December 10 as part of the nation`s
ruling Front for Victory, displacing the Radical Party that
had long controlled the province.

Soria will be succeeded by his vice-governor, Alberto
Weretilneck. In an interview with Radio 10, Weretilneck called
it a domestic accident and said Soria and his wife were alone
at the time.

Susana Freydoz was being questioned by police today to
determine whether the shots were fired by accident or
intentionally, local media reported.

Soria`s son Martin, who replaced him as mayor of General
Roca, made no immediate statement about his father`s death.
The couple also had three other children: German, Carlos
and Emilia.

Just before midnight, Soria had given an interview to a
local radio station, expressing confidence that 2012 would be
a great year and that he was looking forward to the challenge
of bringing a new administration to the province, which is
quickly developing its mineral and oil wealth through foreign

Its land, too, is in huge demand, from developments around
Andean ski resorts to farmland.

Chinese companies have reactivated a major iron ore mine
and are investing more than USD 1 billion to irrigate land to
provide grains and dairy products for Chinese consumers.
The province has 1,400 operations that manage hundreds of
thousands of sheep, cows and goats.

"I`m not afraid of any challenge. This isn`t very
difficult, although it is complex. The province belongs to
everyone, and we need to take care of it and not seek personal
gain from it," the late governor said.