Mexico Election Saga Intensifies
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.”