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Mexico's special electoral court unanimously declared Felipe Calderón president-elect of Mexico in a decision that resolved the legal battle but did not end the political crisis. Presidential runner-up Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would create an "alternate government," calling Calderón an "illegitimate president." Speaking moments later, Calderón called for...

By washingtonpost.com | September 6, 2006; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (176) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Court Rejects Fraud Claims

Mexico's electoral tribunal rejected nearly all of the fraud claims by presidential runner-up Andrés Manuel López Obrador, saying that a partial recount will not change the outcome of the July 2 presidential election. The court did not officially declare a winner, but few expect the final outcome to change. López...

By washingtonpost.com | August 29, 2006; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Cardinal and the 'Crazies'

The continuing fight over Mexico's presidential election has crossed into sensitive territory. The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on the mixing of religion and politics in Mexico, as Catholic leaders such as Cardinal Norberto Rivera take a stand. The demonstrators wrapped in sleeping bags in the Zocalo clearly have no plans...

By washingtonpost.com | August 28, 2006; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (92) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Years of Protest?

Protests in support of Andrés Manuel López Obrador continue to clog downtown Mexico City. As The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports, López Obrador said Sunday the protests could last for years despite a partial recount that appears to be confirming his narrow loss. The opposing sides have waged a spin war...

By washingtonpost.com | August 14, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (71) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: AMLO's Determined Defiance

Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues to press his case as the rightful winner Mexico's July 2 presidential election. As The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports, the Federal Electoral Judicial Tribunal on Saturday rejected the runner-up's request for a full recount. Instead, the special court on Wednesday will begin overseeing a partial...

By washingtonpost.com | August 7, 2006; 11:23 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Democracy Tested

As Mexico awaits a resolution to its July 2 presidential contest, The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on how the bitterly disputed election has put Mexico's emerging democracy to the test. Stoked by ever-more incendiary rhetoric, the capital has tensed since the July 2 presidential balloting...Felipe Calderón, dubbed the "virtual" winner...

By washingtonpost.com | July 25, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Obrador Urges Civil Resistance

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on Sunday's rally in Mexico City in support of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The presidential runner-up called for peaceful public pressure to force a vote-by-vote recount of the election. But there are growing fears that protests will become violent. López Obrador stoked the crowd with...

By washingtonpost.com | July 17, 2006; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Calderon Talks

In case you missed it the first time around, check out Post correspondent Manuel Roig-Franzia's interview with Felipe Calderón. The PAN candidate and disputed winner of Mexico's presidential election "said Tuesday that he would accept a partial recount but that a complete recount would be 'absurd' and illegal." "I will...

By washingtonpost.com | July 14, 2006; 02:27 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Victory for Calderón

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on the results of the all-night count that gave official victory to the National Action Party candidate. Felipe Calderón won by a narrow margin of about 200,000 votes. Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he cannot accept the results, which would send the election to court...

By washingtonpost.com | July 7, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Election See-Saw

The Post follows the drama in Mexico over the presidential election as Andrés Manuel López Obrador leads then falls behind his opponent Felipe Calderón. Mexican television networks tracked the vote count through the night as Mexicans await results from the Federal Election Institute. But that is not likely to be...

By washingtonpost.com | July 6, 2006; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Passions Rising

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on the tensions in Mexico as the country waits for ballot count results. Large demonstrations loom as rhetoric intensifies and Felipe Calderón's lead threatens to shrink. Frustration and rage were spelled out in dozens of signs affixed by supporters to the wall of the modest...

By washingtonpost.com | July 5, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: No Winner Until September?

In today's Post, reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia writes, "Teams of lawyers are girding for a massive challenge of the results, threatening a crisis reminiscent of the disputed 2000 U.S. presidential election. Legal experts and campaign strategists here say the winner of Sunday's ballot might not be officially declared for up to...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | July 4, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Art of Political Roadshow

Manuel Roig-Franzia, Mexico City bureau chief for The Washington Post, reports today on the sights, smells and sounds of the theater that is a Mexican presidential campaign: This country's baroque approach to politics has been on full, fabulous, flashy display for months as the leading candidates, Andrés Manuel López Obrador,...

By washingtonpost.com | July 2, 2006; 01:03 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Chávez's Spot in Mexican Elections

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on Mexican presidential candidate Felipe Calderón's rise in the polls after campaign ads linked his opponent to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In the last few days before the election, Calderón is tied with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the ads could sway the July 2...

By washingtonpost.com | June 28, 2006; 09:35 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Dirty Politics in Mexico

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports today on voter coercion in Mexico. Despite improvements, Mexico seems to find itself struggling with the same issues of fraud and corruption it has faced in previous elections. Millions of poor Mexicans have been threatened with exclusion from health care and social assistance programs if...

By washingtonpost.com | June 26, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Obrador Profile

Staff Writer Manuel Roig-Franzia profiles PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Friday's Washington Post. Excerpt: "Obrador, who is often compared with South American leftists, has found a model in an icon from the north: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. López Obrador's economics team has developed a blueprint for what they call...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 22, 2006; 10:50 PM ET | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Migration a Non-Issue

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports today on how the immigration debate that "touches off podium-pounding on Capitol Hill and passions among talking heads" in the U.S. is getting little traction in the presidential campaign south of the border. Even though developments in the United States have forced candidates to discuss...

By washingtonpost.com | June 14, 2006; 11:49 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

 

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