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Colombian Mayoral Candidate Dies After Shooting

BOGOTA – A Colombian mayoral hopeful who was shot last weekend in the southwestern city of Cali died of his wounds, media outlets said.

Fernando Vargas Restrepo was running for mayor of Yumbo, an industrial city just north of Cali, on the ticket of the conservative Cambio Radical party.

He died Monday at Cali’s Sebastian de Belalcazar Clinic, where he was taken immediately after the weekend shooting at a bar in the city’s Granada neighborhood.

Authorities are investigating if the murder of Vargas, a member of the Valle del Cauca provincial legislature, had anything to do with his public accusations that drug money was playing a role in the mayoral contest in Yumbo.

Vargas was shot by unknown assailants as he was chatting with several friends in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.

That same day, a candidate for the municipal council in the northwestern town of Caldas, 35-year-old Wilton Ramirez, was also murdered.

A month ago, Colombia’s independent Electoral Observation Mission warned of the growing problem of insecurity threatening candidates in the Oct. 30 regional and municipal elections, given that as of that time 15 office-seekers had been murdered and 23 others had received threats. EFE
 

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