Friday, September 01, 2006

Mexican Lawmakers Block Fox's Speech

For the first time in Mexico's history, the president was prevented from giving the state of the nation address as opposition lawmakers blocked the congressional building Friday.

President Vicente Fox, surrounded by bodyguards, attempted to enter the presidium but after 10 minutes he finally gave up and left the building with first lady Martha Sahagun.

Mexican President Vicente Fox (C) hands over the written state of the nation document outside chamber of deputies in Mexico City after opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) legislators took over the presidium, stopping him from giving his address September 1, 2006. (Presidencia/Handout/Reuters)
Mexican President Vicente Fox hands over the written state of the nation outside the chamber of deputies after opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution blocked the presidium on September 1, 2006. Presidencia/Handout/Reuters via Yahoo News.

Supporters of presidential candidate from the Democratic Revoluntionary Party staged the protest demanding a full recount of votes.

Fox, who was to give his last address to the legislature before leaving office, has infuriated supporters of candidate López Obrador by calling them "rebels."

Legislators chanted "vote by vote, polling place by place," repeating a rallying cry that protesters have plastered on posters for the past two months.


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