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Ruling Gives PRI Alliance Majority in House, El Universal Says

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- A court decision in Mexico State will give the Institutional Revolutionary Party an extra seat in Mexico’s lower house, allowing its alliance to achieve a majority, newspaper El Universal reported.

A court in Toluca, the capital of the nation’s most populous state, where incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto was governor, took a seat away from the Progressive Movement that includes presidential runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s party, citing an error in the vote count, the newspaper said.

The added victory in the July 1 national election would give a PRI-led alliance with the Green Party and the New Alliance party 251 out of 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, according to the newspaper. That would be enough for the PRI to pass laws and regulations, without assuring the party sufficient support for the constitutional changes needed to open the energy industry to private investment.

Lopez Obrador’s Democratic Revolution Party plans to appeal the decision, El Universal said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Martin in Mexico City at emartin21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.

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