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Posted on Sep 16, 2006

Mexico?s election crisis took an interesting turn this week, when supporters of defeated candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected him head of a symbolic ?parallel? government.  Obrador and thousands of protesters have demanded a full recount of votes cast seven weeks ago, but Mexico?s electoral court ruled that Obrador?s rival, Felipe Calderon, won the election with a margin of less than 1%.


The campaign hopes to spend the next six years opposing the rule of Mr Calderon.

Some commentators say the “election” of a parallel administration will help reduce the possibility of radical street demonstrations.

One supporter, Lidia Alvarado, said: “It is going to be very rough for Calderon. Wherever he goes, we’ll be there to remind him he became president through fraud.”


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By classic hippie, September 18, 2006 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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we have strong elements of a ” parallel ” govt. here in California ( synthetic governor notwithstanding ), esp the Bay Area. And we have freedoms here that are the envy of the rest of the nation.
Loosen up out there in the heartland !!!!!!

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By James Matson, September 18, 2006 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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Does not anyone see the total hypocrasy in “not” recounting votes?  Votes should be talled two or even three time so help get as accurate accounting as possible.  It just doesn’t make any sense not to!

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By kevin99999, September 17, 2006 at 9:00 am Link to this comment
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why cant we do that in the U.S., that is to set up a parallel government? After all the GOP stole the election at twice.

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By R. A. Earl, September 17, 2006 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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Whether Calderon was elected by “fraud” or not, if he was a TRUE leader, an intelligent and wise and fundamentally decent person, he’d IMMEDIATELY CALL ANOTHER ELECTION.

Anyone can see he doesn’t have a mandate to govern the whole country. He’s a one-legged runner in a two-legged race. He simply can’t win.

Aren’t EGOS wonderful?

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