Thousands of protesters marched through the Mexican capital on Saturday against president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, accusing him of buying votes and paying off television networks for support.
The demonstrators, including students, leftists, anarchists and union members, shouted slogans criticising Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the electoral authority.
Pena Nieto won Sunday’s election by almost 7 percentage points, according to the official count, returning the PRI to presidential power after 12 years in the wilderness. The PRI previously ruled Mexico for seven decades, during which time it was accused of rigging elections and repressing protesters.
“The PRI threatens many people and buys others with a couple of tacos,” said Manuel Ocegueda, a 43-year-old shop worker participating in the march.
Pena Nieto is due to take power in December, replacing Felipe Calderon of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN.
The constitution barred Calderon from running for a second term. The PAN candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, finished third, with many voters dissatisfied over relentless drug violence and sluggish growth.
Lopez Obrador has so far stayed away from protests - he denied any involvement in Saturday’s march - but says he will mount a legal challenge to Pena Nieto’s victory. He said that he has evidence of vote-buying, and plans to file an appeal in court next week.
Pena Nieto denies any wrongdoing, and PRI officials say they could sue Lopez Obrador over the accusations.
Mexico’s electoral tribunal has until September to evaluate any complaints and officially name Pena Nieto as the next Mexican president.
Posted on Monday, 16 July 2012