Cuauhtemoc Blanco ends hunger strike after bid to impeach him as mayor fails

Cuauhtemoc Blanco has ended his hunger strike. The former Mexico star’s strike began on Saturday as protest of charges of impeachment against him as he defends his mayorship over the city of Cuernavaca, but the Supreme Court issued a stay in the case on Monday and Blanco ate again.

Blanco was elected mayor last year, his first political position. But he has since been accused of being paid to be on the ticket of a small party, bypassing the city council and not actually being a resident of the city.

The impeachment decision was sent to a three-judge panel by the state legislature. Blanco was not protesting the impeachment charges (although he probably doesn’t agree with them either), but instead the method of impeachment. He believed the process had been mishandled and was unfair. The Supreme Court, at least to some degree, agreed and said it was unconstitutional.

Blanco retired from soccer last year. He had a long career that included 39 goals in 120 appearances for Mexico, but immediately jumped into politics when he stepped aside. It took only months for him to become the mayor of Cuernavaca, a city south of Mexico City that has had issues with drug violence.