Mexican leftist rules out protest camps, blockades

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:56 AM
Mexican leftist rules out protest camps, blockades

MEXICO CITY (AP) — MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's leftist presidential candidate says he will lead a national campaign to annul the results of the July 1 elections, but ruled out street blockades and protest camps like the ones his supporters used to protest his loss in the 2006 elections.

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will hold mass rallies and pursue legal challenges up to the Sept. 6 deadline for electoral courts to rule on the validity of the elections.

Obrador says the country's electoral watchdog agency has taken the side of Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, who won the race according to official vote counts.

Lopez Obrador said Friday the country's Federal Electoral Institute "is turning a blind eye" to alleged campaign overspending and vote-buying by Pena Nieto.