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Imprisoned drug lord El Chapo says he’s running for senator

Culiacán, Sinalo – A lawyer of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug lord better known as El Chapo, has announced his client intends to run for state senate.

In a press conference, lawyer José Luis González Meza says that the Sinaloa drug lord will seek candidacy for the Senate of the Republic despite the fact that he is in the custody of the United States authorities.

El Chapo’s lawyer has explained that for the electoral process, it will not be necessary to ask for support from the parties much less comply with the signature process requested by the National Electoral Institute for independent candidates.

Instead, he says he and his client will file an Amparo in such a way that the constitutional postulate of “Every Mexican has the right to vote and be voted” is enforced.

Guzmán Loera says that El Chapo would be a better candidate than anyone currently in the campaign, describing his client as honest and helpful, noting he believes this is what has earned him the affection and respect of Mexicans.

Luis González did not set a date that El Chapo would begin the candidacy process, but mentioned that he is certain the campaign will begin in the community of La Tuna, Sinola where El Chapo is from. He says this area suffers from deficiencies, deficiencies that Joaquín Guzmán wishes to resolve.

The lawyer also said that he does not believe there will be problems with authorities in the case of El Chapo receiving votes, but once his client is nominated, he will be able to return to his country.

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who is still waiting trial in a US prison, was once considered by Forbes Magazine as the second most powerful person in Mexico after billionaire Carlos Slim.

In January 2017, Guzman pled not guilty to a 17-count indictment in the United States District Court in New York. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan has scheduled the trial of Guzman for September 2018.