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Mon Jul 10 2006 (Updated 07/16/06)"No to the Damn Fraud": López Obrador the Likely Winner in Mexico
Mon Jul 10 2006 (Updated 07/16/06)Presidential Election the Most Hotly Contested in Mexican History
The Mexican election of July 2 is the most contested presidential vote in Mexico’s history. The candidate of the leftist PRD, Ándres Manuel López Obrador, likely beat Felipe Calderón of the rightist PAN. However, Calderón has been called the winner in the mainstream press, by a margin of 0.6 percent. At a massive demonstration in the capital July 8 (the Mexican government estimated there were 280,000), protesters chanted “No to the damn fraud!” López Obrador told the crowd, “We are confronting a powerful group, economically and politically, that are accustomed to winning at all costs, without moral scruples. If there is not democracy, there will be instability.”
Narco News reported, "The perpetrators of this fraud, the PAN party, complained for decades about the very heavy-handed tactics used by the ruling PRI to rob elections from the PAN. But once in power, the PAN adopted those same anti-democratic tactics for its own use [to beat the PRD]." The accusations of the PRD over the election are wide-ranging: from interference by President Fox, distortion of information by the Federal Electoral Institute and statistical manipulation, to vote-shaving and disposal of ballot boxes in dumpsters. The PAN ran a campaign of fear, dedicated to painting a picture of López Obrador as danger to the economy, while attacking his supporters as street-fighters. Be that as it may, the future of the Mexican economy is in the balance, and resistance to the election fraud could develop into militant action by the PRD.
The Other Campaign initiated by the Zapatistas has been blamed by some in the PRD for being a spoiler in the election. Subcomandante Marcos said in the leftist daily La Jornada that the charge is “stupid,” saying the PRD won “by a wide margin” in the areas through which the Other Campaign traveled. The Other Campaign’s slogan was “If you vote or not, organize!” and the efforts of their movement will continue to expand beyond the election.
Lawyers for the PRD filed hundreds complaints with the Tribunal of the Federal Electoral Institute. The Tribunal must rule by August 31 on the validity of the election. A March for Democracy called by the PRD started heading for Mexico City July 12, and culminates July 16 in what promises to be an enormous demonstration in Mexico City, demanding a recount of all 42 million ballots. There is a sense in Mexico that the results could be overturned, and the country is waiting expectantly for the results of the struggle to give López Obrador his victory.
PAN Emerges as Natural Heir of PRI | Democracy, Mexican Style | Anatomy of a Fraud Foretold | Mexico Missed a Chance To Change
Fraud: Stealing it in front of your eyes | Electoral Fraud and Rebellion in Mexico | Mexican candidate files challenge in presidential vote | Full Recount Would Show Obrador Won by More than One Milllion Votes | Zapatistas Received Reports of Electoral Fraud | Fox and the IFE Modified the PREP Results | Bush Team Helps 'Floridize' Mexican Election | Washington's interventions in elections continue apace
Other Aspects Of Results: Mexico’s “Democracy” Spurns Millions of Immigrants that Sustain Its Economy | U.S. Mexicans Faced Problems Voting in Tijuana | Oaxaca Voters Punish the PRI
Earlier Coverage: How Should Left Respond to Stolen Mexico Election? | Calderon Declared Victor; Obrador to Challenge | Conservative scrapes victory amid claims of fraud | 2.5 Million Missing Votes Reappear | Near-tie election deepens Mexico’s crisis | Too Close to Call | Obrador ahead in recount | Obrador Demands Full Vote Recount | Missing Votes Add to Turmoil | Left demands vote recount | Conservative edges ahead | A Choice for Change | Commentary: Mexico’s Election, 2006 | Perilous Days Ahead
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