Mexico Tribunal Certifies Calderon President-Elect
Calderon Becomes Mexican
By Will Weissert
The Associated Press
Tuesday 05 September 2006
Mexico City - Felipe Calderon became president-elect of Mexico on Tuesday, two months after disputed elections, when the nation's top electoral court voted unanimously to reject allegations of fraud and certify his narrow victory.
His leftist rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, had said he would not recognize the ruling. His supporters wept as the decision was announced and the courthouse shook as protesters set off fireworks outside.
"Felipe Calderon didn't win. Fraud won," opposition supporter Francisca Ojeda said, screaming to be heard over protesters throwing trash at the court and screaming "Fraud! Fraud!"
The court found no evidence of systematic fraud, although it threw out some polling place results for mathematical errors, irregularities, and other problems that trimmed Calderon's 240,000-vote advantage to 233,831 votes out of 41.6 million cast.
"There are no perfect elections," Judge Alfonsina Berta Navarro Hidalgo said.
The tribunal's decision was final and cannot be appealed.