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Thousands Take to Mexico City Streets in Election Protest

Thousands of people marched down Mexico City’s main business boulevard today to protest incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Organizations led by #YoSoy132, a group that says the results of the July 1 elections were manipulated by television stations and vote buying, marched against what protesters said was the “imposition” of Pena Nieto.

The Democratic Revolution Party of presidential runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the ruling National Action Party joined forces last week to demand the electoral tribunal investigate claims that Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, used illegally obtained funds to buy votes.

The PRI has denied the allegations of vote-buying and use of illicit funds and asked the Attorney General’s office to investigate the source of the accusations. The tribunal has until Sept. 6 to rule on the claims and appoint a president elect.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Bain in Mexico City at bbain2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net

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