AMLO States ‘Enough Evidence’ to Nullify Mexico’s 2012 Elections
Anti-Institutional Revolutionary Party, or anti-PRI, protesters from the opposition movement Yosoy132 (I am 132) gather at the Zocalo square in Mexico City July 7, 2012. Thousands of protesters marched through the Mexican capital on Saturday against President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, accusing him of buying votes and paying off TV networks for support. The demonstrators, including students, leftists, anarchists and union members, shouted slogans criticizing PRI and the electoral authority. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
In a press conference, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), the Mexico presidential candidate who finished second to Enrique Peña Nieto on the July 1st elections, affirmed there was “enough evidence” to nullify the controversial elections that took place at the beginning of July.
In the conference, AMLO called for a congress-chosen interim president to initially succeed the current president, Felipe Calderón, in December while the country prepares itself for a second round of voting to elect Mexico’s president once again.
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AMLO and his political party, PRD, has accused Enrique Peña Nieto and his political party, the PRI, of various irregularities including vote-buying – which is illegal in Mexico – and money laundry during the campaigns leading up to the elections.
Peña Nieto’s Party, on the other hand, fired backed previously alleging that PRD had spent more than the allowed amount during the election campaigns accusing the former Mexico City Governor of invoking political instability.
After the July 1st elections, many “mega marchas” or mega-protests took place in various cities in Mexico protesting against the alleged irregularities that were observed on and after election day.
Those irregularities reportedly include the distribution of Soriana (a groceries and retail chain) gift cards to people who were told by certain PRI party officials that they should ‘favor’ them on election day among others.
Many of the mega protests that have taken place were organized by student-led groups of the #YoSoy132 movement. These protests are expected to continue.
Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador came in 3.3 million votes behind Enrique Pena Nieto from the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), according to the official count from the July 1
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