Colombia: Election by Elimination

Election by Elimination

Carlos Pizarro Leon-Gomez, a former chief of the M-19 terrorist group, abandoned the revolution two months ago to run for President in the May 27 elections. Last Thursday his campaign was cut short. While flying from Bogota to Barranquilla, Pizarro was gunned down by an assailant wielding a 9-mm Ingram automatic pistol.

Pizarro was the third presidential candidate assassinated in the past nine months. Colombian authorities say the wholesale slaughter of politicians is part of the desperate strategy of Pablo Escobar Gaviria, the Medellin drug cartel chieftain who is wanted in the U.S. Army and police officials believe they have Escobar...

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