Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency lasting for two months, in the wake of the tragic assassination of a prominent presidential candidate.
The incident, which occurred on Wednesday evening, claimed the life of Fernando Villavicencio Valencia, a respected figure in Ecuador’s political landscape.
The attack, which took place during a rally in the capital city of Quito, resulted in the untimely death of Villavicencio and left nine others wounded.
Among the injured were a candidate campaigning for the national legislature and two police officers, according to information provided by prosecutors.
President Lasso took to YouTube to address the nation, revealing that the Armed Forces had been mobilized to ensure the safety of citizens and the nation’s tranquility during these trying times.
Despite the tragedy, Lasso emphasized his commitment to upholding the democratic process by proceeding with the general elections, scheduled for August 20.
As a gesture of respect and remembrance, the President announced a three-day period of national mourning, dedicated to honoring the memory of Fernando Villavicencio Valencia.
The 59-year-old candidate’s dedication to his country will not be forgotten, and the nation stands united in mourning his loss and condemning this heinous act of violence.