The court has ruled – now Mexico’s angry opposition must heed its ruling, and end its two month-long series of street protests against the result of the July the second presidential election. Felipe Calderon won, but by the slenderest of margins. With no further right of appeal the president of the electoral tribunal declared opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s claims of huge fraud “turned out to be completely unfounded”. The court did make marginal changes, reducing Calderon’s result even further, and did not name him winner, but he is now expected to be named president-elect next week.
Word seemed to get out on the street pretty fast. Lopez Obrador has had hundreds of thousands out in Mexico city and elsewhere to back his claim, but that impressive show of support looked considerably weaker just hours after the tribunal’s ruling. He has already said failing satisfaction in the courts, he will either lead civil resistance or set up a parallel government.