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A Buenos Aires city councilman who was forced to step down amid a corruption scandal this month was forced Thursday to run for re-election.
Councilman Javier Guadalupe de la Fuente said he will seek a third term.
His re-nomination comes at a time of political upheaval in the capital, which is grappling with a rising murder rate and rising crime levels.
The death toll this month of seven police officers in the northern city of Buenos Aires has been blamed on the drug war.
“The country is moving in the right direction, but unfortunately we need to change it,” he told reporters.
Guadalupe said he has not been offered any offers for a position but has been considering it.
He said his wife, who is pregnant, will be the primary caretaker of their children in Buenos Aires.
A new law is being debated in Argentina that would give authorities the power to strip citizens of citizenship if they commit crimes.
The law was approved by the Buenos Aires state senate last month.
Guadalués candidacy is being closely watched by opposition politicians.
The ruling Socialists and the conservative National Party have long campaigned on their opposition to Guadalué, who was born in Argentina.
The election is being held against a backdrop of increasing violence in the city, where police have been targeted in clashes with protesters.
The number of reported homicides in the Argentine capital has jumped nearly 10 percent in the past month, from 2,093 to 2,064.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Guadalueres indictment, which accused him of taking bribes, was not legally sufficient to prosecute him, because the president’s term was up.
The judge said Guadaluyes trial would proceed despite the judge’s ruling and his lawyers’ appeal.
During the trial, prosecutors had accused Guadaluelas associates of stealing money from the mayor’s office and of embezzling government funds.
The president denied any wrongdoing.
The former mayor and city council member was arrested in late April and is in a military prison awaiting trial on charges of embessement, embezlement and receiving stolen property.
The former mayor’s lawyers have said he was being held in solitary confinement because of his age.
Guadaes arrest has been criticized by the opposition, which called it politically motivated and a “march against justice.”
The opposition said it will hold protests outside of the Argentine Embassy in Washington and other U.S. cities.