“Offensive and unacceptable for millions of Mexicans.” That is how leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has described a legal ruling that has left his hopes of becoming president in tatters. Claiming massive fraud in last month’s ballot, he turned to Mexico’s top electoral court. But it has thrown out his allegations. Describing what has happened in terms of a coup d‘état, he said he would propose an “alternative” government. Some 2,000 of his supporters braved the rain to show their willingness to keep the protest going. The man now set to be president – conservative Felipe Calderon – vowed not to let the demonstrations rattle his victory. The initial election result showed he won July’s poll by less than one percentage point.
The judges, whose rulings are final and cannot be appealed, voted unanimously to reject almost all the legal complaints by Lopez Obrador – reporting only marginal changes after examining the results of a partial recount. The court stopped short of formally naming Calderon the winner but that is now widely seen as a formality.