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`Dead` candidate elected in south Mexico village

Last Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 09:15

Mexico City: It`s been said that to get elected to public office all you need is a pulse, but prosecutors Mexico are investigating how a man certified as dead got elected mayor of a village in southern Mexico.

Lenin Carballido narrowly won Sunday`s election in San Agustin Amatengo, near the colonial city of Oaxaca.

But then a death certificate surfaced, indicating that Carballido had died in 2010 of a diabetic coma.

Officials in Oaxaca today said the certificate had been drawn up and signed by a public registry official, but the death had been faked.

Prosecutors say one of Carballido`s relatives used the death certificate to convince detectives to drop an arrest warrant for an alleged 2004 rape.


First Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 09:15
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