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‘Legally dead’ man wins local election in Mexico

For a dead man, Lenin Carballido apparently ran a pretty good campaign.

Last 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 own demise in 2010, according to Mexico’s Reforma newspaper, in order to evade charges stemming from a 2004 sexual assault.

With the 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 when he ran as a local candidate for Mexico’s Democratic Revolutionary Party, beating his opponent Sunday by a margin of 11 votes, 515-504.

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.

The Washington Post

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