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Drug lord El Chapo seeking to become candidate for Senate of Republic

Culiacán, Sinaloa — Lawyer of the infamous drug lord known as El Chapo, has announced that his client, Joaquin Guzman Loera, is seeking to become a candidate for Senate of the Republic.

Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza, one of the lawyers of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as El Chapo who is currently imprisoned in the United States, announced that he will seek to become a candidate for the Senate of the Republic.

González Meza added that he will also seek a candidacy, but to the Presidency through an independent avenue.

At a press conference held in Culiacán, the lawyer of El Chapo explained that they do not intend for any party to nominate him, nor will it be necessary for the signature process that the National Electoral Institute has initialized for independent candidates.

Instead, they will lodge an Amparo to enforce the constitutional postulate that says “every Mexican has the right to vote and be voted for.”

He pointed out that El Chapo would be a much better candidate than those currently nominated by the different political institutes and electoral coalitions, even calling him “more honest and helpful than most”. In his opinion, that is why people “want and respect him”.

Without giving a specific date, González Meza said that the campaign will start in Sinaloa, making his first tour in the Serrano municipality of Badiraguato, specifically in the community of La Tuna where Joaquín Guzmán Loera is from, because there are great needs in that region.

When asked what would happen if El Chapo were to receive more votes than the rest of the candidates, González Meza said that the law is very clear and in Mexico, the person who obtains the most votes wins and that such a victory would pave a way for him to return to the country.

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera is a Mexican drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed. Known as El Chapo (shorty), he became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003.

Forbes magazine ranked Guzmán as one of the most powerful people in the world and the second most powerful man in Mexico after Carlos Slim. The U.S. federal government considers Joaquin Guzmán “The most ruthless, dangerous, and feared man on the planet”.

In January 2017, Guzmán was extradited to the United States to face criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa cartel. He remains in US prison.