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Mexican opposition candidate shot dead

Morena's Jesus Nolasco gunned down in Guanajuato

ANOTHER Mexican electoral candidate has been killed as violence against politicians in the country continues to escalate.

Jesus Nolasco — a candidate for left-wing coalition Morena in next month’s general election — was shot dead while riding his motorcycle in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

According to consulting firm Etellekt, 114 politicians have been killed across Mexico since September in what has been described as the country’s bloodiest election campaign.

Rosely Magana Martinez was shot last week at a campaign meeting on the Isla Mujeres holiday resort island which lies less than ten miles from the coast of Cancun. The Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate died from wounds sustained in the attack 48 hours later.

Ricardo Sheffield, who is standing as governor of the state of Guanajuato, paid tribute to Mr Noalasco.

“He is the second Morena coalition candidate to be killed, and joins the more than 1,300 victims of intentional homicides that have turned Guanajuato into the most violent state of Mexico,” he said.

Morena coalition presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is promising an end to corruption and violence, and is leading in the polls for the July 1 elections.

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