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Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:27 PM

Mexico state election heads to court amid alleged intimidation and vote-buying Morena party refuses

Mexico state election heads to court amid alleged intimidation and vote-buying
Morena party refuses to accept initial results after Alfredo del Mazo Maza, cousin of president Enrique Peña Nieto, declared winner
Nina Lakhani in Mexico City
Monday 5 June 2017 13.34 EDT


A hotly contested state election in Mexico is heading to court after the president’s cousin was declared the victor amid widespread allegations of voter intimidation, vote buying and misuse of public resources.

Alfredo del Mazo Maza, the candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI), was declared the winner after early results in the state of Mexico gave him a two-point lead over Delfina Gómez of the leftwing National Regeneration party (Morena).

But with the vote so close, Morena – led by the populist firebrand Andres Manuel López Obrador – is refusing to accept the initial results. The full count will not be completed before 7 June, after which Morena will almost certainly seek that the election be annulled.

The PRI has governed the state (known as Edomex) for almost 90 years, and the vote was seen as a key indicator for next year’s presidential election.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/05/mexico-state-election-court-alfredo-del-mazo-maza-delfina-gomez

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