December 20, 2014
Candidates suspend campaign for the day in wake of Candela's murder
While in session, lawmakers in the Buenos Aires province Lower House expressed their “deep consternation” over Candela Rodríguez’s murder. At the same time, several government and opposition officials decided to suspend their campaigns for the day out of sympathy for her family.
While voicing their grief over the young girl’s murder, the lawmakers in the Buenos Aires province Lower House called for “caution and responsibility” so police officials could find the culprits, they said in a written statement.
The lawmakers also agreed they would summon Justice and Security Minister Ricardo Casal to the Lower House floor in order to provide them with an update on the state of the investigation.
Ruling party lawmaker Marcelo Feliú assured that politicians “have the institucional obligation of condemning such an atrocious crime,” he said. At the same time, UCR lawmaker Ricardo Jano criticized those who would bring politics into the matter.
Several government officials and opposition members decided to call off their campaigns on Thursday, out of respect for Candela’s family.
The Frente Amplio Progresista’s (FAP) presidential candidate Hermes Binner decided to call off all his activities for the day. “The FAP would like to join Candela’s family and friend in such a painful moment, and join them in their calls for justice,” a statement released by Binner’s party read.
Buenos Aires province gubernatorial candidate Francisco de Narváez also suspended all his activities scheduled for Thursday in the areas of Avellaneda and Florencio Varela.