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Who was Fernando Villavicencio? shot dead in Quito

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 10, 2023. 06:24 pm UPDATED: Aug 10, 2023. 06:24 pm

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Fernando Villavicencio, a well-known journalist, and right-wing candidate for president of Ecuador, has passed away at the age of 59. The incident occurred in Quito, where he was shot and killed. He was attacked while attending a political gathering in Quito’s north.

Fernando Villavicencio: who was he?

In Ecuador, Fernando Alcibiades Villavicencio Valencia was well-known for his work as a politician, activist, and journalist. Tragically, he passed away in the middle of his campaign for Ecuador’s presidency in the general election of 2023. At that time, he was killed.

He has ties to the region because he was raised in Alaus, Ecuador. He continued his studies in journalism and communication at the Cooperative University of Colombia. He had a relationship with Verónica Sarauz, whom he later married, that began when they both worked for the National Assembly.

When Villavicencio joined El Universo in Guayaquil, his journalism career officially got underway. Throughout his tenure conducting investigations for the journal, he adopted a critical stance toward numerous governments, particularly Gustavo Noboa’s, whom he accused of engaging in corrupt practices. However, a lot of his work was examined and challenged because of the newspaper’s conservative funding sources.

He served in the National Assembly from 2017 until May 17, 2023, when it was dissolved, before entering politics. Notably, Villavicencio received praise for his work uncovering Petroecuador and denouncing Rafael Correa’s government before entering politics.

In September 2022, Villavicencio disclosed that he had narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. He insisted that his home had been the target of gunfire.

May 2023 marked a turning point in his political career as events progressed. Villavicencio announced his candidacy for the 2023 presidential election by utilizing the chance provided by President Guillermo Lasso’s choice to dissolve the National Assembly.

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