Andrea Gonzalez, the operating mate of slain presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio has been named to face in his place within the August 20 elections, the centrist Construye occasion mentioned in a press release on Saturday. 59-year-old Villavicencio was shot whereas leaving a marketing campaign occasion in Quito final week.
Gonzalez is a 36-year-old environmental activist who hasn’t beforehand held public workplace. “You by no means have sufficient time to course of one thing so stunning and so sobering because the assassination of a presidential candidate (on) such a degree of violence and so quickly – so near the presidential elections,” Gonzalez informed CNN. Ballots have been printed, however, as per regulation, votes for Villvicencio will mechanically switch to the occasion candidate.
The slain candidate’s widow, on Saturday, criticised the occasion’s substitute and referred to as it illegal, Reuters reported. Villavicencio was an ex-lawmaker and journalist with a observe file of exposing corruption. Six suspects have been charged with the homicide of Villavicencio. The police have accused all six of them, Colombian nationals, have hyperlinks to prison teams.
A choose on Thursday mentioned that every one suspects ought to stay behind bars because the prison investigation continues. Veronica Sarauz, Villavicencio’s widow, mentioned the federal government has to supply loads of solutions for her husband’s homicide.
Ecuador, in recent times, has seen an increase in violence and a rise within the homicide fee. In addition to this, migration and employment have emerged as key marketing campaign points.