martes, 9 de octubre de 2012

Ecuador's president may stand for re-election

Rafael Correa Delgado, president of Ecuador since 2007, said on radio in Quito on 9 October that there was a "high probability" his followers would ask him to be a candidate in presidential elections due in February 2013, EFE reported. Correa spoke in an interview with a broadcasting association, Asociación Ecuatoriana de Radiodifusión (AER). He said he had not yet decided to be a candidate but his family backed him and it was likely the Movimiento Alianza País (AP) would name him their candidate. EFE listed certain politicians cited as possible contenders so far, including the left-wing Alberto Acosta, former president Lucío Gutiérrez Borbúa, a former banker Guillermo Lasso and the "banana magnate" Álvaro Noboa Pontón. Correa said he would not fall into the "mediocrity" of discrediting aspirants but observed that some mentioned so far were an "embarrassment;" the country he said, "would have to be mad to send bankers back into power." A first round of elections was to be held on 17 February 2013 and a possible second round on 7 April, EFE reported.

Policemen accused over northern Mexico murder

Four municipal policemen are thought to have acted as accomplices in the murder on 3 October of a social worker, the son and nephew of prominent local politicians, prosecutors of the northern state of Coahuila where the crime occurred stated on 8 October. The policemen from the district of Acuña summoned José Eduardo Moreira Rodríguez to a location where he was murdered by three suspected members of a gang or cartel, Proceso cited the Coahuila state prosecutor's office as declaring. One suspected accomplice was identified as Rodolfo Castillo Montes, a deputy-head of the Acuña municipal police force. Castillo Montes and two other policemen were in custody and may face charges relating to the assassination. Authorities were looking for another local policeman suspected as involved.

Ten reported killed around Mexico

Police besieged a suspected criminal safe-house in the western Mexican state of Guerrero early on 8 October and killed three gunmen inside after an hour-long gun fight, Proceso reported. Shots were initially fired at policemen as they approached the house in the locality of Xaltianguis, forcing them to call reinforcements. A land activist was separately shot dead on a bus in the state of Veracruz, while travelling to Mexico City to formally head an association, Proceso reported. Abel Valdivia González was to represent sugar-cane growers in the district of Acatlán de Pérez Figueroa in the central state of Oaxaca. Assassins drove ahead and blocked the late-night bus he was travelling on, boarded the vehicle and shot him before other passengers. Also: troops shot dead three gunmen on 7 or 8 October in the locality of Las Palmas in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas; in Tlalmanalco in Estado de México, a young couple were shot dead in their car as they drove to pick up their children at school. Seventy bullets were fired into them, Proceso reported on 8 October. A policeman was found dead in a car - shot in the head - in the north-western state of Baja California.

Mexican troops "likely" shot dead cartel leader

Mexico's navy ministry stated there was "solid evidence" that troops gunned down on 7 October Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the founder and "main leader" of The Zetas drug cartel, in a shootout in Sabinas in the northern state of Coahuila. Marines shot dead two suspected Zetas gunmen in the locality of Poblados near Sabinas after a patrol was fired on from a car, and believed one was Lazcano or El LazcaProceso reported on 8 October. The Mexican government had offered almost three million USD in Mexican currency for information leading to his capture, while the United States offered five million USD.