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Ecuadoran presidential candidate assassinated at campaign rally

By Arturo Torres

10 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Ecuadoran presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated by gunmen at a political rally in Quito, less than two weeks before the country's elections. Villavicencio was a member of Ecuador's National Assembly and was among several leading candidates to succeed President Guillermo Lasso.

QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuadoran presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated by gunmen at a political rally in Quito on Wednesday night, less than two weeks before the country's elections, police said.

Villavicencio, who was a member of Ecuador's National Assembly before it was dissolved in May, was among several leading candidates in the first round of voting Aug. 20 to succeed President Guillermo Lasso. He was shot several times as he left the rally at a high school in northern Quito, said General Manuel Iñiguez, a deputy commander of the Ecuadoran national police.

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