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Indigenous Mexican presidential candidate injured in highway accident

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The first indigenous lady to run for the Mexican presidency was injured and a minimum of one different particular person killed when a van in which she was touring was concerned in an accident in western Baja California state on Wednesday, marketing campaign social media mentioned.

Maria de Jesus Patricio, operating as an impartial candidate for president in the July election, suffered a fractured forearm in the accident, in accordance with Carlos Godinez, a state emergency companies official.

The particular person killed, one in every of 11 in the van, was not recognized.

Patricio, identified by the nickname Marichuy, beforehand served because the spokeswoman for the National Indigenous Congress, or CNI, the political arm of the Zapatista National Liberation Army.

“Our spokeswoman Marichuy and councilor Lucero Islava were injured,” the CNI mentioned on its Facebook web page with out offering additional particulars concerning the accident.

Independent presidential aspirants have till this weekend to assemble some 866,000 voter signatures in a minimum of 17 Mexican states to seem on the July poll.

A standard healer and native Nahua speaker, Patricio has not but met the signature requirement.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia, Diego Ore and Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Paul Tait

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