June 21, 2024

Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated on Wednesday by unknown individuals as he left a political rally at a college in northern Quito.

The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, confirmed on social networks the loss of life of Villavicencio and promised that the crime won’t go unpunished.

“Outraged and shocked by the assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio. My solidarity and condolences along with his spouse and daughters. For his reminiscence and for his battle, I guarantee you that this crime won’t go unpunished,” the president stated on the platform X, previously often known as Twitter.

“Organized crime has come a good distance, however the full weight of the legislation goes to fall on them,” he added. Lasso assured that the Safety Cupboard will meet urgently.

The 59-year-old candidate for the Movimiento Construye Ecuador celebration was one of many strongest important voices towards corruption, particularly throughout the federal government of former President Rafael Correa (2007-2017). He filed private complaints in courtroom towards lots of its highest-ranking members.

He was married to Veronica Sarauz and leaves 5 kids.

Movies on social media purportedly from the marketing campaign rally confirmed folks operating for canopy and screaming as pictures had been fired.

In accordance with electoral polls, in which there’s nonetheless round 40% indecision, Villavicencio ranked fourth in choice with lower than 10%. On the head had been Luisa Gonzalez, Otto Sonnenholzner and Yaku Perez.

Within the final video Through which Villavicencio is seen alive, it’s noticed that he leaves the premises the place the political rally was held surrounded by cops, who assist him get right into a car. Earlier than closing the door, a collection of bullet detonations and determined screams from supporters are heard.

After the assault, there have been two managed explosions by the police within the neighborhood of the location the place the homicide passed off.

On account of the assault, a number of had been injured, though a exact quantity shouldn’t be recognized. The primary variations point out that three folks fired bursts of shrapnel that impacted the applicant and different folks.

Police Basic Alain Luna, in statements to journalists, confirmed that among the many injured there are additionally policemen and described the incident as a terrorist act, about which the brokers are gathering info. “We’re making use of a siege to the town, location and primary intelligence operations, to search out the causes,” he stated.

[Con informacion de AP y Reuters]

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