Friday, July 13, 2012

Andrés Manuel López Obrador fires in all directions, demanding a new election

A massive conspiracy to defeat him, especially by the press, claims the candidate

Defeated leftist PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is pressing ahead with plans to challenge the July 1 election results.

Last week Mexico's federal election authority, the IFE, declared Enrique Peña Nieto the winner by a margin of 6.62%, or about 3.3 million votes of the approximately 50 million votes cast in the presidential contest. The two other parties and their candidates have accepted the IFE ruling, but López Obrador said today that he's assembling proof of fraud and voting irregularities which will be presented in the weeks ahead.

It appears that much of his case will be a broadside directed at claimed bias on the part of the nation's press. As an example, López Obrador charges that "Televisa, Milenio and other media projected an image of Peña Nieto that doesn't represent who he is or what he stands for."

"Intolerant? Yes, to the lies of the media"

The candidate has told multiple press conferences within the past 48 hours that the daily Milenio-GEA presidential preference polls, reported for 101 days and widely watched in this country, were part of a larger "conspiracy of fraud." López Obrador has condemned the prestigious polling firm Consulta Mitofsky, Milenio's 13 television and 37 radio stations, as well as 70 daily newspapers, 24 radio networks, 43 internet sites, the internationally read Mexico City newspaper El Universal and "almost all the media" as participants in the alleged conspiracy to mislead voters by glamorizing Peña Nieto, and by maligning him.

Neither the candidate nor his legal team have explained how the alleged press partiality towards Enrique Peña Nieto constituted a violation of particular Mexican election laws.

López Obrador also complained that the National Action Party (PAN) had launched a "dirty war" against him, without elaborating on the details or explaining how or why that entitled him to a new vote. PAN representatives have accepted the election results, and yesterday said that it would be impossible to prove 25% of the vote was bought or tampered with, one of the legal tests for determining whether a new election must be ordered. Two days ago the PRD governor-elect of Tabasco state, himself a legal adviser to the AMLO team, acknowledged the same (PRD official admits that "it's impossible to prove votes were bought").

Despite such statements the candidate continues to claims that he will prove that at least five million PRI votes were bought, two million or more in the states of México, Veracruz and Chiapas. The daunting evidentiary challenges appear not to trouble López Obrador, who said yesterday that he's fighting for the "moral rebirth of Mexico."

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July 15 - Spain's El País blasts López Obrador
July 12 - López Obrador pide se invalide la elección presidencial
July 11 - Desinflan Marcelo Ebrard y Núñez el caso "compra de votos"
July 10 - Difunden tickets de Soriana con leyenda "Beneficios PRI"
July 9 - La Fepade investiga la relación de Soriana con compra de votos
July 9 - Nulidad o invalidez, opciones que analiza López Obrador en los comicios
July 8 - Rising protests against Enrique Peña Nieto
July 6 - López Obrador es un "mal perdedor," dice Enrique Peña Nieto
July 6 - La elección fue comprada, afirma AMLO
July 2 - AMLO: "No corresponden los resultados a la realidad"
July 2 - Enrique Peña Nieto captures presidency, returns Los Pinos to PRI
July 1 - Mexico's IFE, others declare Enrique Peña Nieto the winner

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