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Soldiers patrol an area next a road prior to Sunday's presidential election, in Quito, Ecuador.


Violence rages days before Ecuador's presidential vote

Less than a week after a presidential candidate was shot on the campaign trail in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, another politician was assassinated on Tuesday in the northern province of Esmeralda.

Pedro Briones, a local leader of the Revolución Ciudadana Party, was killed by a gunman on Tuesday, though details about the attacker remain scarce.

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Presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio waves an Ecuadorian flag as he attends a rally in Quito, Ecuador, on Aug. 9, 2023.

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Ecuador’s anti-corruption candidate assassinated

Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot and killed last night in Quito during a campaign rally. He was assassinated just days before the presidential vote on Aug. 20.
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