Calderon in, Fox out, Obrador unwilling to accept defeat
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's highest electoral court yesterday unanimously confirmed Felipe Calderon of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) as the nation's president-elect, a decision spurned by supporters of the losing candidate, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who plan a nationwide campaign to protest the results.Now, the question that remains is, will Calderon be willing to make things better for Mexico's residents, like say, ensuring better pay and wages for jobs in Mexico, and better law enforcement too? As for Obrador, maybe he should just go fishing.
The decision by the Federal Electoral Tribunal rejected charges of systematic fraud and awarded Mr. Calderon the presidency by 233,831 votes out of 41.6 million cast in the July 2 election -- a margin of 0.56 of a percentage point.
The verdict by the court, which ruled on the overall fairness of the election, cannot be appealed. Neither candidate attended the court session, which was nationally televised.
"There are no perfect elections," Judge Alfonsina Berta Navarro Hidalgo said in announcing the decision.
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