Mexico opposition party vows continued protests despite likely court loss

[JURIST] Leaders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) [party website, in Spanish], the Mexican political party led by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish], the leftist candidate challenging the results of Mexico's disputed July 2 presidential election [JURIST news archive], said Thursday that while they do not expect the Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] to order a full recount of the disputed votes, the party will continue to hold nonviolent protests in Mexico City. Lopez Obrador supporters have staged protests in Mexico City since the beginning of August, causing traffic jams and business delays at the headquarters of many major corporations located in the city. Earlier this week, the protests turned violent [Reuters report] when riot police responded to PRD attempts to block the Congress building, leading to 30 injuries.

Lopez Obrador lost to conservative candidate Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile] by just 0.6 percent of the vote [JURIST report], but Lopez Obrador supporters claim that fraudulent election practices [JURIST report] allowed Calderon to win the election. Election officials have not yet confirmed Calderon as the winner. Reuters has more.



 

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