Updated: 6:13 p.m. ET Aug 29, 2006
MEXICO CITY - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, convinced he won’t be awarded the presidency, has vowed to create a parallel leftist government and is urging Mexicans not to recognize the apparent victory of the ruling party’s Felipe Calderon.
- plans to create his own government to rule from the streets,
- could turn those protest camps into the core of a violent revolt,
- in the southern city of Oaxaca, outraged citizens’ groups joined the protests, setting fire to buildings and public buses, seizing radio and TV stations and forcing the closure of businesses
- “Everything we do, from property taxes to permits to natural resources, will go through the ’legitimate government,”’
- Lopez Obrador to set up his own treasury department
- “We do not recognize Felipe Calderon as president, nor any officials he appoints, nor any acts carried out by his de-facto government,” said AMLO
- Lopez Obrador has ruled out negotiations with what he calls the “spurious” and “imposed” government.
- Lopez Obrador’s plan is to have his government help the poor, oppose privatizations and make the news media more “truthful and objective.”
- supporters are already planning to hold an alternative swearing in ceremony to rival the official inauguration on Dec. 1.
- President Benito Juarez, who led a roving, “unofficial” presidency from 1863 to 1867 during the French invasion, before driving out the invaders and executing the French-installed Emperor Maximilian.