June 21, 2024

The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, requested the USA authorities for assistance on Thursday to make clear the information surrounding to chilly blooded homicide of the presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, a request that has already obtained a constructive response from the Biden Administration.

“I’ve requested help from the FBI for the investigation into the homicide of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio Valencia,” Lasso reported on the X social community.

The Ecuadorian president, who modified his profile picture to a black ribbon as an indication of mourning, added {that a} delegation from the US company will arrive within the South American nation “within the subsequent few hours.”

The White Home had already condemned the act as “a brazen act of violence and aggression in opposition to Ecuadorian democracy.”

“Clearly we hope that there will probably be a full – thorough and clear – ​​investigation into this and that the perpetrators are correctly held accountable,” stated John Kirby, a Nationwide Safety Council spokesman for President Joe Biden’s administration.

The Below Secretary of State for Latin America, Brian Nichols, additionally it was pronounced providing the help of the American nation in what he referred to as for a “immediate and thorough investigation by the correct authorities.”

The capturing of Fernando Villavicencio as he left a marketing campaign occasion on Wednesday night shocked Ecuador and the worldand witnessed the present local weather of insecurity and violence within the South American nation, simply over per week earlier than the presidential elections.

The dying of Villavicencio, a standard-bearer within the combat in opposition to corruption and recognized for his statements in opposition to prison gangs and drug trafficking, was initially attributed to a prison group referred to as Los Lobos, which has not but been formally confirmed.

[Con la colaboracion de Jorge Agobian, corresponsal de la VOA en Washington]