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Mexico election protesters disrupt presidential address

[JURIST] Incumbent Mexican president Vicente Fox [official profile] was blocked from delivering the traditional state-of the nation address (known in Spanish as "El Informe") before the Mexican Congress [official website, in Spanish] Friday evening by protesting leftist lawmakers supporting presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] and his calls for an "alternative" government to oppose Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish], whose victory in the disputed July presidential poll [JURIST news archive] seems virtually assured after Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] rejected most of Obrador's fraud challenges in a ruling [JURIST report] earlier this week. The legislators swarmed the stage, forcing Fox to adjourn Congress and deliver his speech [text, in Spanish] on television, where he spoke against attacks on the "laws and institutions" of Mexico in reference to Obrador's opposition to the election results.

The Federal Electoral Tribunal is expected to make an official ruling declaring the winner of the July 2 presidential contest early next week. AP has more.

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