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Leftist legislators buck leader to recognize conservative as president-elect

Leftist legislators buck leader to recognize conservative as president-elect

A spokeswoman for leftist legislators said Wednesday they would recognize conservative Felipe Calderon as president-elect, despite orders to shun him as part of protests over the July 2 election that their party claims was fraudulent.
Nancy Cardenas said she was making the statement on behalf of the dominant 34-member delegation of the Democratic Revolution Party in the legislature for the capital city _ a stronghold of party candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
"We are talking about institutions, and the legislature will have to recognize that the institutions we have _ although we don't agree with how they're run _ have proclaimed Calderon as president of the republic," Cardenas was quoted as telling the government news agency Notimex. Similar remarks also were broadcast by radio station Formato 21.
Lopez Obrador is former mayor of Mexico City and his party still controls the city government, whose current leader publicly supported a seven-week blockade of city streets by Lopez Obrador supporters to protest alleged fraud in the election that Calderon won by less than 1 percentage point.
Hundreds of thousands of Lopez Obrador supporters acclaimed him "legitimate president" during a mass meeting on Sept. 16 and called for him to form a parallel government.
They also agreed not to recognize Calderon's victory or his "fake" government, and Lopez Obrador's team has vowed acts of civil resistance across the country against the Dec. 1 inauguration of Calderon.
But the campaign creates a dilemma for legislators and city and state governments from Lopez Obrador's party who must deal with the federal government on nuts-and-bolts issues of financing, law and administration.
Lopez Obrador recently appeared to scold the party's coordinator in the federal Congress, Javier Gonzalez Garza, for saying legislators would analyze Calderon's proposals rather than reject them outright.
Lopez Obrador said the party lawmakers "have nothing do do with the puppet," referring to Calderon.


Updated : 2021-05-13 13:08 GMT+08:00