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Protests over Mexico elections

Issue No. 2311

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Mexico City last Saturday, saying that the recent presidential election had been rigged.

Enrique Peña Nieto came first, returning the notoriously corrupt PRI party to power. The party ruled for seven decades until 2000.

This year the vote for the centre right PAN collapsed. Leftist Manuel Lopez Obrador came second—for the second time in a row.

Demonstrators accuse the PRI of coercion, mass vote-buying and corrupt links to the media. Protesters covered the heads of statues with shopping bags from Soriana, a supermarket chain that people said PRI supporters gave them gift vouchers for.

When Lopez Obrador lost by less than 250,000 votes in 2006, millions of his supporters came onto the streets and effectively occupied the centre of Mexico City for weeks. Their movement had the potential to reshape Mexico’s corrupt and violent political landscape.

Votes have been recounted in over half of polling stations. Judges have until 6 September to respond to challenges and rule on the validity of the election. Protests are expected to continue.

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Tue 10 Jul 2012, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2311
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