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Mexico: Lopez Obrador refuses to recognize election result, calls for street protest

"The elections were not clean, free and genuine. As a result, I will not recognize an illegitimate power that's emerged as a result of vote-buying and other grave violations of the constitution and the law."

Mexico: Protesters blockade Televisa studios in Mexico City

Demonstrators chanted “Mexico without PRI” and “tell the truth” as they called for the “democratization of the ownership of all communications media,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Mexico: PRI strikes back

Enrique Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is hitting back at rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, alleging he used illicit funds in his campaign.
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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador responds to questions during a press conference in Mexico City on July 9, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

The party of the apparent winner of Mexico’s contested July 1 presidential election has been dogged by mounds of fraud accusations — first that it bought votes and then that it used laundered money to win.

But now, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is hitting back. Party officials this week have accused second-place candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of taking funds from “hidden financial network” for his campaign, CNN Mexico reports.

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Mexico election: The landslide that wasn’t

What ever happened to Enrique Peña Nieto's double-digit lead?
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An indigenous Mexican protester outside the Federal Electoral Tribunal in Mexico City, on July 10, 2012. She was part of a movement against Enrique Peña Nieto, candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

The golden boy of the Mexican election showed huge promise before the July 1 vote. For months Enrique Peña Nieto had been polling with a double-digit lead over the other candidates.

Indeed, overlooking all the vote-buying accusations, Peña Nieto won the presidency — but not by the landslide predicted. After an early count and a recount of the votes, this week more election numbers trickled out of Mexico’s elections commission.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Enrique Peña Nieto: 38.21 percent.
  • Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: 31.59 percent.
  • Josefina Vazquez Mota: 25.41 percent.
  • Gabriel Quadri: 2.29 percent.
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Mexico election: Votes for sale

MEXICO CITY — A partial vote recount confirmed Enrique Peña Nieto as winner of the Mexican presidential election. But accusations of vote buying are piling up against him.

Mexico elections: Vote recount ordered after Lopez Obrador cries foul

The independent Federal Electoral Institute announced today it had agreed to recount 54.5 percent of the votes for president and more than 60 percent of the votes for members of congress and the senate, El Universal said.

Mexico election: Lopez Obrador demands vote recount after losing to Peña Nieto

"We're going to ask them to clean up the election and make it transparent," Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party told reporters.

Mexico election: Peña Nieto powers forward, Lopez Obrador digs in his heels

MEXICO CITY — With Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) called the winner of Mexico’s presidential election, a burning question is circling: Is this a return to the corruption of the party’s past, or a new era of Mexican governance? Before anybody has a chance to answer, second-place finisher Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will challenge the results. Again.

Mexico election: Lopez Obrador will contest the results. Again.

Mexico's left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, vows to challenge the Mexican election results. Here we go again.
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The Mexican presidential candidate for the leftist coalition Progressive Movement of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, shows his ink-stained thumb after voting in the general elections on July 1, 2012 in Mexico City. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico's left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to challenge the Mexican election results. 

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