'Legally dead' man wins Mexican election
MEXICO CITY — For a dead man, Lenin Carballido ran a pretty good campaign.
On Sunday, nearly three years after he was officially declared dead, Carballido was narrowly elected mayor of San Agustin Amatengo, a small town in Mexico's Oaxaca state.
Carballido faked his demise in 2010, according to the country's Reforma newspaper, to evade charges stemming from a 2004 sexual assault.
With police on his trail, Carballido “died” and obtained a coroner's certificate in September 2010, affirming he had succumbed to “natural causes” after slipping into a diabetic coma. The charges were dropped.
Carballido's resurrection occurred this year when he ran as a local candidate for Mexico's leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party, beating his opponent on Sunday by a margin of 11 votes, 515 to 504.
Isidoro Yescas, a state election official in Oaxaca, said investigators were seeking to obtain an official copy of Carballido's death certificate, which would leave him unfit for office.
“Even if he's been elected, such proof that he committed a crime would make him ineligible and strip him of his right to serve,” Yescas told Reforma.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Saudi King Salman vows retribution for suicide attack on mosque
- Malaysian authorities find mass graves, link them to human trafficking
- ISIS solidifies grip on Syrian town of Palmyra
- Help slow to reach Nepal villages damaged by earthquake
- Army commando team kills senior Islamic State official in Syria raid
- China urges drivers to rein in road rage
- Yemen truce ends as strikes resume
- Blasts at pro-Kurdish party offices in Turkey called political; 6 wounded
- Cuba’s Elian Gonzalez, former castaway, wants to visit US
- Pentagon says Iran warships ‘linked up’ with cargo vessel
- Islamic State’s takeover of Palmyra puts Syria’s ancient ruins in peril