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Ecuador Declares State of Emergency After Presidential Candidate Is Killed

Posted on AllSides August 10th, 2023
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Juan Diego Montenegro/Associated Press

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso said he ordered soldiers into the streets to boost security after gunmen killed a presidential hopeful in a country hit hard by drug-fueled violence. 

Lasso on Thursday declared a 60-day, nationwide state of emergency that will also curtail civil liberties like freedom of movement and right to assembly. It takes force as several other candidates suspended their campaign following Wednesday’s killing of Fernando Villavicencio, the first time a presidential hopeful has been assassinated in the country’s history. 

Lasso on Thursday also declared three days of national...

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