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Mexico's leftist candidate demands invalidation of presidential elections

(Xinhua)

15:18, July 13, 2012

The leftist Mexican presidential candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, attends a press conference at a hotel in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on July 12, 2012. Lopez Obrador confirmed on Thursday that his party will challenge the results in the Electoral Court, after some irregularities were registered. (Xinhua/Rodrigo Oropeza)

MEXICO CITY, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday demanded the invalidation of the results of the July 1 presidential election, citing various voting irregularities.

Lopez Obrador, a former mayor of Mexico City, said there was a massive vote-buying operation during the elections for the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Pena Nieto, with the support of the state governors from the same party.

"The election must be invalidated and the damage must be repaired," said his campaign manager Ricardo Monreal at a press conference.

According to the final results released on Sunday by the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI), Pena Nieto won the election with 38.21 percent of the vote, followed by Lopez Obrador, who garnered 31.59 percent.

Lopez Obrador, the candidate for Progressive Movement, said he had evidence that "the PRI and its governors made a massive purchase of more than five million votes, through a network involving top officials with money of unknown origin."

"The vote-buying was carried out throughout the whole country, but was more concentrated in places where the poor live," Lopez Obrador said.

In these areas, the voting rate showed spikes compared with other constituencies as well as the national average recorded in previous elections.

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