ELECTORAL COURT DECLARES FELIPE CALDERON PRESIDENT-ELECT.As expected, the federal electoral tribunal The Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary (Spanish: Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación, or TEPJF) is a venue within the judiciary of Mexico that specialises in electoral matters. (Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federacion, TEPJF) declared Felipe Calderon Felipe Calderon is the name of:
In announcing its unanimous decision A Unanimous Decision is a winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, mixed martial arts and others sports involving striking in which all 3 judges agree on which fighter won the match. to declare Calderon the winner, the seven-member electoral court again noted some irregularities and campaign violations, but rejected the premise that massive fraud occurred.
Among the campaign violations and irregularities, the court cited instances of illegal campaigning on the part of President Vicente Fox and Spain's ex-Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar on behalf of Calderon. Aznar's comments to a PAN assembly in favor of Calderon were widely reported by the Mexican news media (see SourceMex, 2006-03-01).
The TEPJF also scolded the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE CCE Cornell Cooperative Extension
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The court said, however, that there was no concrete evidence that these violations ultimately played a role in the outcome of the election.
After reading the verdict, TEPJF president Leonel Castillo called on Mexicans to unite and mend the deep divisions the election revealed. "I hope we conclude this electoral process leaving confrontation behind," he said.
The court's decision met with approval from a wide segment of Mexico's population, revealed a public-opinion poll by the daily Mexico City newspaper Reforma. In the poll, 74% of the 450 respondents agreed with the court's decision, compared with 21% opposed and 5% with no opinion.
Calderon, scheduled to take office Dec. 1, has called for a national reconciliation and dialogue with Lopez Obrador.
The center-left candidate has rejected Calderon?s overtures, threatening to continue a campaign of mass protests and civil disobedience civil disobedience, refusal to obey a law or follow a policy believed to be unjust. Practitioners of civil disobediance basing their actions on moral right and usually employ the nonviolent technique of passive resistance in order to bring wider attention to the to block the new president's ability to govern. "I will not recognize anyone who parades himself as the head of the federal government without any legitimate or democratic credentials," Lopez Obrador told supporters in Mexico City's central square, the Zocalo zo·ca·lo
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[American Spanish zócalo, from Spanish, socle, from Italian zoccolo; see socle.] , on the day that the TEPJF declared Calderon president-elect. (Sources: Agencia de noticias Proceso, 09/04/06, 09/05/05; Reuters, Notimex, 09/05/05; Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
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