Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Mexico election result challenged

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants the result of the presidential election in Mexico to be declared invalid (AP)

Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he will ask an electoral court to invalidate the results of the July 1 presidential election, claiming there was vote buying and campaign overspending by the winner of official vote counts.

Mr Lopez Obrador also said that next week he will reveal what he calls "a national plan in defence of democracy and Mexico's dignity".

He is not giving any hints on what the plan will entail, but said he and his supporters will act peacefully.

The electoral court has until early September to deal with any challenges and determine whether to validate the presidential election in which Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party finished first with just over 38% of the votes.

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