Brazil's top judge urges political killings probe

Brazilian Supreme Court President Gilmar Mendes called for a rapid investigation into a spate of killings of candidates ahead of municipal electionsBrasília (AFP) – The head of Brazil’s Supreme Court called Thursday for a rapid investigation into a spate of killings of candidates ahead of municipal elections. Justice Gilmar Mendes said the killings, including the “shocking” shooting on Wednesday of a mayoral candidate in Itumbiara in central Goias state, were alarming. Brazilians vote Sunday in municipal elections expected to see a shift in power away from the long dominant leftist Workers’ Party.

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