The party of Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio has changed its decision on his successor. The Construye party now wants to nominate journalist Cristian Zurita for the elections, as announced at a press conference in the capital Quito yesterday.
Constroy initially announced on Saturday that the party leadership had chosen Andrea Gonzalez Nader as runner-up in Villavicencio. However, it remains unclear whether the CNE electoral authority will agree to this, as the environmental activist has already been listed as a vice-presidential candidate – and now she will remain so.
The centre-left party said: “In the absence of clear answers from the National Electoral Council, and in light of the angry reaction from some political circles, we will not take any risks.”
Villavicencio was shot dead after an election rally in Quito on Wednesday. At least nine people were injured, and one suspect died after a shootout with security forces. Six suspects, all men from neighboring Colombia, were detained. President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency for a period of 60 days.
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