September 23, 2023

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QUITO — Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot and killed Wednesday by unidentified gunman whereas at a political rally within the nation’s capital of Quito, President Guillermo Lasso mentioned.

The killing comes amid a startling wave of violence within the South American nation, with drug trafficking and violent killings on the rise.

“I guarantee you that this crime is not going to go unpunished,” Lasso mentioned in an announcement. “Organized crime has gone too far, however they are going to really feel the complete weight of the legislation.”

The politician, 59, was the candidate for the Construct Ecuador Motion. He was some of the vital voices towards corruption, particularly throughout the federal government of former President Rafael Correa from 2007 to 2017. He filed many judicial complaints towards excessive rating members of the Correa authorities.

He was married and is survived by 5 kids.

Early accounts present that a number of others have been injured from shrapnel, although authorities didn’t affirm what number of.