Gunmen kill 2, injure Mexico candidate

Rosalia Palma, the candidate for a local legislative seat in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca (file photo).

Armed men have attacked a vehicle carrying Rosalia Palma, a candidate for local legislative seat in southern Mexico, injuring her and killing two people including her husband and an assistant.

The attack took place on Saturday near Teposcolula district, located in the center of the Mixteca region of the state of Oaxaca, said Mayra Ricarde, the spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office, following the attack.

Palma, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that has governed Mexico for most of the past century, was Å“taken to a hospital in this capital (Oaxaca),” Ricarde added.

Earlier this month, the body of another candidate with the PRI, who had been missing for two days, was found.

Chihuahua state prosecutors spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said on June 12 that the bullet-riddled body of Jaime Orozco was found along a road near the town of Guadalupe y Calvo, where he was running for mayor.

Also, officials found the dead body of Nicolas Merino, the leader of the country’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in Oaxaca, on Friday.

Local and regional elections are to be held next week in Chihuahua and several other states.

Most Mexican states including Chihuahua have long been plagued by drug gang violence.

At least 30 mayors have been assassinated over the past half-dozen years in Mexico.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexicoâ„¢s drug cartels in December 2006.

Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce crime as he continues the campaign against drug cartels.


Republished with permission from:: Press TV