SANTO DOMINGO – The candidate for senator for the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), Mateo Febrillet, was gunned down in Santo Domingo after a heated discussion between leaders of that organization and members of a political ally.
Febrillet, ex-rector of the Santo Domingo Autonomous University, or USAD, was shot in the shoulder, according to authorities at the medical center where he was taken.
Pictures on local television showed that the candidate’s vehicle was hit by several bullets.
PRM leaders said the incident in which the candidate was killed and his secretary was wounded came after Febrillet led a meeting with colleagues seeking election as legislators.
They said that everything about the meeting was normal, but as the politicians were leaving the building an argument broke out between the leaders of the PRM and of its ally, the Christian Social Reformist Party (PRSC).
Mateo Febrillet was rector of the UASD between 2011-2014, and served as professor there for more than 35 years.
Dominicans will go to the polls next May 15 to elect some 4,000 government officials, including the nation’s president, vice president, and members of the bicameral National Congress.