Mexicans Protest Election 'Irregularities'

Obrador refuses to concede after 'dirty election'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2012 4:19 AM CDT
Mexicans Protest Election 'Irregularities'
Thousands of protesters gather in front of the Monument of the Revolution in Mexico City yesterday.   (AP Photo/Miguel Juarez)

(Newser) – History is repeating itself in the wake of Mexico's presidential election. Just like in 2006, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party is refusing to concede defeat after a closer-than-expected result, reports CNN. He says the "election was plagued by irregularities before, during, and after the process." But while thousands of supporters in Mexico City gathered yesterday to protest Enrique Peña Nieto's victory, Obrador has not yet called on his supporters to mobilize as they did in 2006, kicking off months of unrest.

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Obrador complains that pollsters manipulated pre-election polls in Obrador's favor, and that the media heavily favored his rival. "The media sponsored Peña Nieto, they manipulated, they deceived," he told reporters. "This was a really dirty election." He said he would wait until the official election results are released tomorrow night before deciding on a course of action. "We will not accept a fraudulent result," he warned. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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