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January 18, 2019

Mexican city council candidate slain

Mexican city council candidate slain
'A city council candidate was killed in Oaxaca, Mexico less than a month before a presidential vote in which Morena party candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to win' - By: AFP/File Omar TORRES

A woman running for a city council position in southern Mexico was shot dead early Saturday, less than a month before elections, authorities said.

Pamela Teran, a candidate from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Juchitan in Oaxaca state, was killed along with photographer Maria del Sol Cruz and another person as they left a restaurant.

Her father is Juan Teran, identified as a drug cartel leader in her area. He has been jailed since 2017 on organized crime charges.

Cruz worked on indigenous affairs with the Oaxaca state government. The third person killed was believed to have been a bodyguard.

So far this year, more than 30 politicians have been murdered in Mexico.

Jose Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is making his third bid for the presidency, looks increasingly hard to beat in the single-round vote -- amid frustration with festering corruption, record levels of violent crime and a lackluster economy.

A recent poll found ruling party candidate Jose Antonio Meade would get 19 percent of the vote, and independent Jaime Rodriguez three percent.

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