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Mexico drops case against Mexico City mayor

[JURIST] The Mexican attorney general's office (PGR) [official website in Spanish] Wednesday dropped a land dispute case brought against Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [World Mayor profile]. Lopez Obrador [advocacy website], the popular front-runner in the country's 2006 presidential race, had been charged [JURIST report] with abuse of authority in a land extradition dispute after current Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website] retracted his promise to pardon him [JURIST report]. Lopez Obrador would not have been able to run in the next presidential election had his conviction held. The former Mexican Attorney General who had been at the forefront of the efforts to prosecute Lopez Obrador resigned last Thursday over the dispute [JURIST report]. Read the PGR press release in Spanish. From Mexico City, El Universal has local coverage in English.

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