Mexico: 2 more mayoral candidates killed ahead of election


Two mayoral candidates have been killed in two different parts of Mexico as the country heads to the polls in June, officials said.
Noe Ramos, a center-right mayoral candidate for Ciudad Mante, was stabbed to death in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, state Attorney General Irving Barrios said. Officers are searching for the suspect.
Local media reported that Ramos, who is seeking re-election, was meeting with residents on the street on Friday when the suspect attacked him with a knife.
Meanwhile, Alberto Antonio Garcia, another mayoral candidate in the southern state of Oaxaca, was also found dead on Friday, according to the state prosecutor.
He and his wife Agar Cancino, who is the mayor of San Jose Independência, were reported missing on Wednesday. Cancino was found alive.
The electoral board said such crimes “should not take place during elections.”
violence before elections
Politicians in Mexico have often become victims of organized crime, especially those seeking or holding regional office.
“They make an agreement and say, 'This person is going to be mayor; we don't want anyone else to register,' and whoever registers, they know what to expect,” said Mexican President Andres Manuel. lopez obrador Said in April about efforts by drug cartels to control local politics.
The period leading up to the June 2 elections has been one of the most violent in the country's history. Consulting firm Integralia said 17 such candidates have been murdered since September 23.
Earlier this month, mayoral candidate Bertha Guyton was shot in the street in Celaya, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities.

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