Nine Killed in Attacks on Local Election Candidates in Chiapas, Mexico

Since September, at least 28 candidates for local office have been killed across Mexico, according to the latest figures from the NGO Data Civica

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Nine Killed in Attacks on Local Election Candidates in Chiapas, Mexico
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Nine people were killed in two attacks on candidates in local elections in Chiapas, southern Mexico, the prosecutor's office in that region known for organized crime announced this evening. One of the two candidates was injured in the attacks that took place in the night between Saturday and Sunday, according to the announcement.

Chiapas has been the target of attacks on candidates for municipal elections for several days now. Since September, at least 28 candidates for local office have been killed across Mexico, according to the latest figures from the NGO Data Civica.

Violence affects all parties and the ruling leftist Morena, as well as opposition parties and coalitions. Drug cartels and organized crime gangs want to "impose candidates" in the elections, a local prosecutor told AFP recently.

According to him, the modus operandi is more or less the same. "Criminals choose the candidate" and let others know that they "have no right" to run. On June 2, Mexico is preparing to organize the largest elections in its history - presidential, parliamentary, regional and local.

The favorite in the upcoming elections in Mexico is Claudia Sheinbaum, the former mayor of Mexico City, who is now running as the presidential candidate of the ruling party Movement for Regeneration (MORENA). The public will find out who will succeed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador only in the elections on June 2, 2024.

Nevertheless, election campaigns have already started in November, and the 61-year-old Sheinbaum is currently receiving the most attention in the Mexican race for the country's leader. Sheinbaum has a wide lead over her main rival, according to polls conducted by polling firm Parametria in October and November, which showed Sheinbaum leading with 52 percent support, far ahead of Xochitla Galvez, a candidate for the main opposition Frente Amplio alliance.

por México (FAM). That the high level of support continues to grow in her favor was also shown by a survey conducted by the newspaper El Pais, indicating that she was supported by 47 percent of voters, while Galvez, her closest competitor, had 30 percent, reports Reuters.

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