Mexico worried by killings of politicians

Mexican officials condemned the weekend killing of a would-be candidate for mayor in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials condemned the weekend killing of a would-be candidate for mayor in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Ivonne Gallegos Carreño was planning to run for mayor in the small town of Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca before she was gunned down in her car on Saturday.

The consultancy firm Etellekt said in a report that killings have come mainly in violence-plagued states like Veracruz, on the Gulf coast, and Guerrero, on the Pacific. But isolated killings have occurred in a half-dozen other states.

Mexico's National Women's Institute said in a statement that “violence against women cannot be allowed or tolerated in a democratic system.”

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