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Calderon recognized as president, leftist legislators spokeswoman says

Calderon recognized as president, leftist legislators spokeswoman says

A spokeswoman for leftist legislators from Mexico City said 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 Wednesday that 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 ex-presidential 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 saying by the government news agency Notimex. Similar remarks were broadcast by radio station Formato 21.
Lopez Obrador was the mayor of Mexico City until he sought the presidency 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 July 2 election. Calderon won by less than 1 percentage point.
Hundreds of thousands of Lopez Obrador supporters acclaimed him "legitimate president" during a mass meeting on September 16 and called for him to form a parallel government.
They also agreed not to recognize Calderon's victory or his government, and Lopez Obrador's team has vowed acts of civil resistance across the country, including protests at Calderon's swearing-in on December 1.
Cardenas' secretary told The Associated Press that the legislator would be issuing a public statement later Wednesday. Meanwhile, national Democratic Revolution spokesman Gerardo Fernandez told The Associated Press that the party's position "is that we're not recognizing the election and this hasn't changed."
"What Nancy Cardenas said was her own opinion, and I believe she and her office are preparing something right now to clarify her thoughts," he added.