Candidate in Ecuador’s presidential election Fernando Villavicencio shot dead

A candidate in Ecuador’s forthcoming presidential election has been shot dead at a campaign rally.

Fernando Villavicencio, a member of the country’s national assembly, was attacked as he left the event in the northern city of Quito on Wednesday.

A member of his campaign team told local media Mr Villavicencio was getting into a car when a man stepped forward and shot him in the head.

Current president Guillermo Lasso vowed the “crime will not go unpunished”.Witnesses said Mr Villavicencio, 59, was shot three times.

The suspect was also shot in an exchange of bullets with security and later died from his injuries, the country’s attorney general said on social media.

They added that nine people suffered injuries, including a candidate for assembly and two police officers.

The first round of the presidential election is scheduled to take place on 20 August.

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