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Mexico's Lopez Obrador rejects court ruling on election fraud

Presidential runner-up Lopez Obrador refused to recognize a court ruling that upholds July's election and called for protests. Is Mexico's youth opposition stuck with a flailing leader?

By James BosworthGuest blogger / August 31, 2012

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential runner-up, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 31.

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Mexico's election court (TEPJF) ruled against the accusations brought by [Andres Manuel] Lopez Obrador and others, saying the evidence of election fraud and vote buying was not significant enough to invalidate the election. They should officially name [Enrique] Peña Nieto the president elect soon.
 AMLO said that he does not agree with the court decision and will call for civil disobedience to protest it. He wants a national protest on 9 September. The size and enthusiasm of that crowd will be a good gauge of the remaining strength of AMLO's leadership, the #YoSoy132 movement, and other protesters.

I think it's unfortunate that the youth protest movement is stuck with AMLO as the de facto leader of the anti-EPN forces. There are plenty of legitimate criticisms of EPN and how the PRI won this election. However, AMLO is power hungry and his image is once again falling among the average Mexican voter.
 At this point, AMLO's actions are just going to help EPN. The president elect will portray and marginalize all of his critics as followers of his former rival, even if they're not.

– James Bosworth  is a freelance writer and consultant who runs Bloggings by Boz.

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