MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, said on Monday that he will abide by what he called an “anti-democratic” court ruling awarding the governorship of the central state of Puebla to conservative candidate Martha Erika Alonso.
“We are going to respect the decision of the Electoral Tribunal on the decision in Puebla. I said it quite clearly: enough with the hypocritical formalities! I think it was a wrong decision, undemocratic,” the leftist leader said during his morning press conference.
On Sunday, the Federal Electoral Tribunal declared the Puebla state gubernatorial election results to be valid after concluding that documented irregularities in the process did not affect the results.
Thus, the elections were won by Martha Alonso, of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), over the candidate of AMLO’s Morena party, Miguel Barbosa, who challenged the results in court.
The president stated that decision of the court, an organ “of the old regime,” was the “typical anti-democratic maneuver of respecting the Constitution and the laws in their forms but essentially violating them.”
The Electoral Tribunal upheld the finding of the Puebla electoral court that the results of the July 1 election “are the faithful reflection of the true (popular) will.”
Alonso, who will take office as governor of Puebla on Dec. 14, won the elections with 38.14 percent of the vote, whereas Barbosa garnered 34.10 percent and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) came in third with 18.36 percent.