Mexico to get 'parallel' president

Left-winger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to form an alternative government.

    Obrador has never accepted the result of July's presidential elections

    "We will not give the right wing free rein to do whatever it wants," he said in northern Mexico.

    "We are going to fight them."

    'Short leash'

    Lopez Obrador has timed the launch of his opposition government to coincide with the anniversary of the 1910 Mexican revolution when Francisco Madero, Emiliano Zapata and  Pancho Villa took up arms against conservatives to found modern Mexico.

    The former mayor of Mexico City has encouraged supporters to donate to his alternative administration on his website.

    Since Calderon was announced the winner, Obrador and his supporters have carried out a number of demonstrations to protest the decision.

     

    "Those neofascist reactionaries better not think they'll have room to maneuver. We're going to keep them on a short leash," he said on Saturday.

    In particular, he said he would monitor any move by the Calderon administration to privatise the state-run oil industry.

    "We'll gather thousands, millions of people to prevent that from happening," he said.

    Lopez Obrador's party also has vowed to boycott Calderon's swearing-in ceremony, insisting that the July election was won by fraud and that the president-elect "is undeserving of any respect or consideration."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    In the basement of an old museum in a village in Albania, a 78-year-old woman protects the last remnant of a dictator.

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Many formerly imprisoned women of colour return to neighbourhoods transformed beyond recognition. What awaits them?

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda discusses the hunt for genocide suspects.