Sunday, July 16, 2006

Obrador to launch civil resistance in Mexico

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, runner-up in the July 2 presidential election said Sunday that he would launch a massive civil resistance campaign to force a vote recount.

Obrador said he lost the poll due to election fraud and is ready to mobilized his hundreds of thousands of supporters for peaceful demonstrations.

Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), shout slogans during a march to protest against the result of the July 2 elections, in Mexico City July 16, 2006. (Henry Romero/Reuters)
Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), protest results iof the July 2 elections, in Mexico City July 16, 2006. Henry Romero/Reuters photo via Yahoo News.

An election court will rule on Obrador's claims and declare a president-elect by early September.

Obrador has widespread support among Mexico's poor, and many feel that he could shut down the Mexican economy if he decides to take that route.


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