Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto officially declared election winner [video included]

Los Angeles Times, 8/31/2012

Enrique Peña Nieto

Dismissing arguments that recent elections were rife with fraud, Mexico’s electoral tribunal on Friday officially declared Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto the president-elect, a ruling that was defiantly rejected by leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the second-place finisher who, for the second presidential contest in a row, called his followers into the streets of the capital to protest.

The unanimous ruling by the seven-judge panel clears the way for the return of Peña Nieto’s party, known as the PRI, to power. It had lost the quasi-authoritarian grip on the country that it had enjoyed for more than seven decades in 2000, after numerous democratic reforms.

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To listen to Pena Nieto’s first message as President-elect click on the link, Primer mensaje de EPN como presidente electo.

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