>Latin America File: Mexico’s Alliance for the Good of All leader Obrador calls for alternative "people’s government"

>Obrador’s call for the formation of an alternative “people’s government,” even more than his insistence upon a ballot recount, demonstrates that the Mexican Left, along with its allies in the communist regimes in Cuba and Venezuela, are determined to challenge the legitimacy of Mexico’s social democratic bourgeois elite.

When does the armed insurgency begin? In Mexico City protestors supporting the Alliance for the Good of All, which includes the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and the festering teachers strike in the state of Oaxaca have already turned violent. Meanwhile, the governor’s election in another southern state of Chiapas, scene of the 1994 Zapatista rebellion, has produced results that please no one as the incumbent Jaime Sabines of the PRD and Jose Antonio Aguilar Bodegas of the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party contest the election results.

Mexico’s opposition leader calls for alternative government
UPDATED: 13:19, August 21, 2006

Mexican left-wing presidential candidate and opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called for the formation of an alternative “people’s government” on Sunday.

Speaking to more than 200,000 followers in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, Lopez Obrador said his appeal was grounded in Article 39 of Mexico’s constitution, which endows the people with the right to change their government.

Lopez Obrador, representing the Coalition for the Good of All in the presidential race, said that the current right-wing National Action Party (PAN) government was trying to impose its presidential candidate, Felipe Calderon, by fraud.

Official results of the July 2 presidential vote showed that Lopez Obrador lost by a mere 0.58 percentage points to Calderon.

Lopez Obrador, who believes the election were massively fraudulent, called on citizens to participate in a Sep. 16 event, the National Democratic Convention.

He described the convention as “a space to make the people’s voices heard,” which would “unite all the Mexicans who are free and determined to once-and-for-all end this unbearable oppression, misery and injustice from which our nation is suffering.”

The country’s electoral authority, the Electoral Tribunal, is due to rule on the disputed election by Aug. 31, and by Sep. 6, it will have to announce a president-elect, who is due to take over from incumbent President Vicente Fox on Dec. 1.

The Tribunal’s decision would “define the depth and direction of our movement,” Lopez Obrador told supporters, “if it validates the fraud, our duty as citizens is to bring an end to the political system based on this democratic farce.”

Link: People’s Daily Online

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