from The Independent
The runner-up in Mexico's presidential election has refused to accept its result, claiming that his rival Pena Nieto swept to victory on the back of an organised campaign of fraud, bribery and vote-rigging.
Lobrez Obrador – who with 99 per cent of ballots counted trails by 3.2 million votes – claimed Mr Nieto had illegally bought at least a million votes and exceeded the campaign finance limit. He pledged to challenge Sunday's election result in court, but stopped short of calling supporters on to the streets, as he did after narrowly losing to the outgoing President Felipe Calderon in 2006.
"I cannot accept any results, until I have complete certainty that the citizens' vote was respected, and the election was not falsified," he told reporters, adding that Mexicans who had backed Mr Nieto were voting for a "regime of corruption."
Mr Nieto, who has already claimed victory, represents the right-leaning Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which used patronage and bribery to hold power in Mexico for more than 70 years, before losing a presidential election in 2000.