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Mayoral Candidate Shot in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY – A candidate for mayor of the Guatemalan city of San Jose Pinula was wounded by unidentified gunmen, a member of his campaign team said.

Luis Marroquin, who belongs to the opposition Lider party and had received death threats, was shot on Saturday while driving in San Jose Pinula, Congressman Leonardo Camey told reporters.

Marroquin said on Friday that unidentified individuals had called him and threatened to kill him.

The politician was taken to a private clinic in Guatemala City and his condition is not known.

Mario Solares, a mayoral candidate who belongs to the opposition Patriotic Party, or PP, also reported receiving death threats.

Mayoral candidates Agusto Valle, of the Unionist Party, or PU, and Enrique Dardon, a member of the Creo party, were murdered earlier this month.

Human rights groups and election observers warned Saturday that the wave of election-related violence in Guatemala could top the death toll of 68 registered during the 2007 campaign.

A total of 26 candidates and campaign workers have been murdered since the general election season officially started on May 4, the Human Rights Prosecutor’s Office said.

Guatemalans will head to the polls on Sept. 11 to elect a president, vice president, 158 members of Congress, 20 Central American Parliament members and 333 mayors for the 2012-2016 period.
 

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