Despite the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Nieto establishing a clear majority in the Mexican Presidential election, his leftist rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has refused to admit defeat, accusing Nieto of violating electoral rules.
With 99% of the votes polled on Sunday counted, Nieto is leading with 38 percent, or by 3.2 million votes ahead of Obrador, who garnered 31.7 percent votes.
The ruling National Action Party's (PAN) Josefina Vazquez Mota is trailing with 25.44 percent votes, and admitted she is already out of the race.
Obrador, also known as AMLO or El Peje, didn't say he would challenge the election, but has a history of swearing himself in as the "legitimate president of Mexico" after refusing to admit defeat at the hands of President Felipe Calderon in 2006.
The 59 year-old former Mayor of Mexico city convened a press conference late Monday to accuse the PRI of buying million votes and exceeding the campaign finance limit.
Obrador said he will present evidence to electoral authorities to substantiate his allegations.
He made it clear that his party "can't accept a fraudulent result," until the vote counting is completed and it is subjected to a legal review.
On the other side, Nieto claimed victory, and vowed that his administration would have a "new way of governing."
Elections were held also to both Houses of Congress, Mexico City mayor, Governorships in six states and local governments. Nieto's centrist party is also likely to retake control of at least one of the two Chambers of Parliament and is leading in some Governorships, reports say.
by RTT Staff Writer
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