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Smart Take | Presidential Candidate Fernando Villavicencio Assassinated in Ecuador

August 11, 20231:48

Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot and killed at a campaign event north of Quito on Wednesday. Latin America Program Associate Beatriz Nice talks about what Villavicencio stood for, why the country is experiencing an uptick in political violence, and the impact of the assassination on the August 20th Presidential election.


Beatriz Garcia Nice

Beatriz García Nice

Program Associate / GBV Project Lead
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