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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:53 PM
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This is up a yahoo re Mexican Election
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 05:53 PM by lonestarnot
I can never get the links to work there so I broke rules and copied the whole thing. You can lock if you want mods, but I thought it was an important pot calling the kettle black.

Close election tests Mexico's democracy By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Writer
54 minutes ago



TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico - The dispute over Mexico's presidential vote took a new twist Monday as a governor candidate backed by the ruling party vowed to protest a state race where the main leftist party held a slight edge.

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As supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador clogged the country's capital with protests to demand a recount of the July 2 presidential election, President Vicente Fox's party cried fraud and demanded a recount in Sunday's governor's race in Chiapas, Mexico's poorest state.

Preliminary results in the southern state showed little more than 2,000 votes separating the two candidates. Both claimed victory late Sunday and held celebrations within blocks of each other as if there were a clear winner.

With 94 percent of 4,761 polling places counted, Juan Sabines of Lopez Obrador's Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, was leading with 48.39 percent, or 517,129 votes. Jose Antonio Aguilar Bodegas had 48.17 percent, or 514,743 votes.

Aguilar, a 56-year-old lawyer and former federal senator, is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, but also is backed by Fox's conservative National Action Party, which formed a last-minute alliance with the PRI to try to defeat Sabines.

Margarita Moya, a spokeswoman for the state's electoral institute, said officials expected to finish the preliminary count Monday but would not announce a winner until late in the week. The institute has seven days to formally announce a governor-elect.

Aguilar told reporters early Monday that his party's own tallies showed he had won by more than 5,000 votes. He said his party had found irregularities with 10,000 votes, and planned to file complaints with electoral officials, and possibly Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal if he is not declared governor-elect.

"The election was extremely tainted," he said, echoing similar claims made by Lopez Obrador against the National Action Party in the presidential election.

The federal tribunal's seven judges are currently reviewing a partial recount of the disputed July 2 presidential race in which National Action candidate Felipe Calderon had a slight advantage of about 240,000 votes, or less than 1 percent, over Lopez Obrador. The tribunal has until Sept. 6 to announce a president-elect or annul the election.

Sabines, meanwhile, denied allegations that his party had participated in any irregularities and welcomed a recount in the governor election, saying he had no doubts about his victory.

"The results are in my hand," the former Tuxtla Gutierrez mayor told The Associated Press.

He vowed to unify Chiapas, home to the 1994 Zapatista rebel uprising, where many feared the election would exacerbate the national political crisis that has erupted in the wake of the presidential election.

Miguel Ballinas, a PAN spokesman in Chiapas, said the party will support Aguilar in his fight for the governorship through legal channels.

But outside of that, "in terms of protests, blockades, etc., we will not," he said. "The PAN does not support those type of actions."

About 1,000 national and foreign observers monitored the vote, with one group saying problems were widespread. Enrique Vera of the Mexican Electoral Observation Movement said irregularities included busing in voters and other tactics to boost Sabines' vote total.

Police arrested four men for possible electoral violations, including a prominent labor leader accused of carrying about $5,000 in cash to buy votes for PRI. The union denied the charges.

Ballinas said that local authorities in one Indian village opened the polls for just five minutes before saying the voting was complete.

"With all this, I don't know what to think," said Monica Lopez, a 24-year-old pharmaceutical chemist who is from Aguilar's hometown of Tapachula but would not say for whom she voted. "The important thing is that the community is participating in democracy. ... I hope that everyone respects the decision" of electoral officials.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:56 PM
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1. Here's the link:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 07:30 PM
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2. thanks sfexpat2000
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 07:43 PM
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3. Sure. I'm really hoping this can be settled without violence.
And I'm really excited that the people are NOT backing down.

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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:01 PM
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4. I think that the right wants blood if they are backed down and thrown out,
and exposed for what they are. Oh the humility of it all. Bunch of lying theives!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:03 PM
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5. Yeah! And the right would love violence to break out because then
they can shut it all down with the "national security" bull.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:06 PM
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6. That would be the plan.
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