Mass protests against newly elected President


Around 30,000 people are reported to have demonstrated against the newly elected president Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI) on Sunday.

The protesters claim that the 1st July poll was marred by vote-buying and money laundering by the winning candidate’s supporters. They also accuse a TV station of actively campaigning for the PRI candidate.

The left wing rival of Nieto, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has refused to accept the result of the election and is challenging it at a federal electoral tribunal.

The PRI ruled the country for 71 years until 2000 when the National Action Party (PAN) went on to win. At the time the PRI was accused of corruption and institutional malpractices, a reputation which they are still struggling to shake off.

In 2006 Lopez Obrador came second to the PAN candidate, Felipe Calderón, and refused to accept the result leading to weeks of protests on the streets of Mexico City.

Pena Nieto will take up his new post in December.

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