Presidential candidate, Fernando Villavicencio shot dead after rally in Ecuador (Video)

59-year-old anti-corruption crusader, Fernando Villavicencio has been shot dead in Ecuador.

The popular Ecuadoran presidential candidate was killed while leaving a rally in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Fernando Villavicencio
Ecuadoran presidential candidate, Fernando Villavicencio

This had prompted President Guillermo Lasso to declare a state of emergency and blame the assassination on organised crime.

He had complained of receiving threats before he was murdered as he was leaving a stadium in Quito after holding a campaign rally,” officials said.

Lasso declared a two-month state of emergency early Thursday following the assassination but said general elections slated for August 20 would be held as scheduled.

Outraged and shocked by the assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio,” the president said in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, blaming the killing on “organised crime.”

For his memory and for his fight, I assure you that this crime will not go unpunished.”

The president also declared three days of national mourning to honour the memory of a patriot, Fernando Villavicencio Valencia.”

 This is a political crime that acquires a terrorist character and we do not doubt that this murder is an attempt to sabotage the electoral process,” he added.

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