Monday, January 22, 2018

Mexican leftist challenges results of presidential election

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's leftist presidential candidate said Friday he will lead a national campaign to annul the results of the July 1 election, but he ruled out street blockades and protest camps like the ones his supporters used to protest his loss in 2006.

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who ran second in the July 1 election, said he will hold mass rallies and pursue legal challenges up to the Sept. 6 deadline for electoral courts to rule on the validity of the results.

He claims the winner, Enrique Peña Nieto of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, engaged in massive vote-buying and campaign overspending. Peña Nieto's party has denied those allegations and said Lopez Obrador simply refuses to accept his defeat.

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