Ecuador presidential frontrunner dons bulletproof vest as election marked by violence

Otavalo (Ecuador) (AFP) – “It’s sad” says Luisa Gonzalez, Ecuador’s presidential frontrunner, “to run a political campaign where a candidate was assassinated”. As she speaks at a meeting with indigenous women, Gonzalez wears a bulletproof vest, having last week claiming to receive death threats. In early August, another candidate, Fernando Villavicencio, was shot dead in Quito as he left a political rally. Since then, Ecuador has seen violence mount as drug trafficking related crime spills onto the street.


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