Mexican leftists stage convention to overturn election

September 17, 2006|By New York Times News Service

MEXICO CITY -- More than 100,000 supporters of the losing leftist candidate for president flooded into the capital's historic square yesterday to start a movement they hope will change the constitution.

The candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, narrowly lost the July 2 election to a conservative from President Vicente Fox's party. He has said that there was a broad conspiracy of business leaders, the Fox administration and media barons to rob him of victory.

Having lost a court battle for a full recount, Lopez Obrador resorted yesterday to a tactic with deep roots in Mexican history: He convened a "national convention" of his supporters, and they declared him "the legitimate president of Mexico" and asked him to form a Cabinet.

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