Alma Denisse Sánchez, daughter of a murdered candidate, wins the mayoralty that her mother was looking for in Mexico

Alma Denisse Sánchez, daughter of a murdered candidate, wins the mayoralty that her mother was looking for in Mexico

Alma Denisse Sánchez, daughter of the murdered mexican candidate Alma Rosa Barragán, she triumphed with almost 50% of the votes in the election for municipal president that her mother was looking for in Moroleón, in the central state of Guanajuato.

Although she replaced her on May 31, Sánchez obtained 48.5% of the votes with 97% of the tally sheets when representing the liberal Citizen Movement (MC), above 22% of his closest rival, Grecia Pantoja, of the right-wing National Action Party (PAN).

The murder of Barragan, on May 25, caused a national commotion by publishing a video of the attack that occurred when she was at a rally in Moroleon, a municipality of about 50,000 inhabitants that borders the state of Michoacán, where organized crime is present.

Her death stood out in the most violent elections in Mexico, where there were at least 935 attacks against politicians, including 97 murders, according to the consulting firm Etellekt, a reference on the subject.

Sánchez replaced her mother just a week before the election and went to vote this Sunday with protective measures, and so far she has not commented on her victory.

In particular, crimes against MC candidates have been high-profile, such as the murder of Abel Murrieta, who was seeking to be mayor of Cajeme, in northern Sonora, where she was a solicitor and attorney for victims of a Mormon massacre.

In addition, last week an armed group kidnapped Marilú Martínez Núñez, candidate for the municipal presidency of Cutzamala de Pinzón, in the southern state of Guerrero, and her family.

Even this Sunday, the national coordinator of MC, Clemente Castañeda, denounced before the National Electoral Institute (INE) for the “systematic dirty war” against his applicants.

“The dirty war is raging because there are particularly a series of campaigns on social networks that try to discredit our candidates and our candidates,” he commented when voting in Guadalajara.

Mexico had the largest elections in its history on June 6, in which more than 93 million Mexicans were called to renew the 500 deputies of the federal Congress, 15 of 32 governorships, 30 local congresses and more than 1,900 city councils.

The vote came after its two most violent years, with 34,681 murders in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.

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