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Mexico: Lopez Obrador refuses to concede poll defeat

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Mexico: Lopez Obrador refuses to concede poll defeat


According to the results, he lost Mexico’s election.

However leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is refusing to concede defeat, claiming Sunday’s poll was “plagued with irregularities”.

“I can’t accept any result without being completely certain that citizens’ votes were respected and that the election was not fradulent,” Lopez Obrador told a news conference in Mexico City. “We are requesting the ballots and gathering all the testimonies about irregularities so as to proceed legally.”

Lopez Obrador also alleged fraud six years ago when he narrowly lost the presidential poll to the now outgoing leader Felipe Calderon. He launched street protests then.

This time he is six points behind Enrique Pena Nieto, who has brought Mexico’s traditional ruling PRI party back into power. He has no doubt about his victory.

“Electoral authorities are confirming the results of yesterday’s quick count in which it is clear that most of our country’s citizens made the choice that I should lead, I should represent,” Pena Nieto said.

Despite his vow to break with its chequered past, the PRI was long regarded as corrupt. On Monday, scores of university students took to the streets of the capital to challenge the election result, amid claims of media bias and vote buying.

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