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Felipe Calderon Certified Mexico’s President-elect

A top Mexican court certified Felipe Calderon as the new president of Mexico Tuesday, two months after the election, rejecting allegations of fraud. His challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to ignore the court's decision. Analysts discuss the disputed race.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Ray Suarez covered Mexico's election for us in July. He now has the story of the winner being declared.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    As supporters of the losing candidate demonstrated outside, Mexico's top electoral court delivered a widely anticipated decision today, upholding the slim lead tallied by ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon in July's election.

    The Federal Electoral Tribunal certified, Calderon won July's election by more than 230,000 votes out of more than 41 million cast. A 44-year-old, a former energy minister, Calderon will replace incumbent president Vicente Fox, whose term expires December 1.

    While the election was contested, Calderon appealed for calm and national unity.

  • FELIPE CALDERON, Mexican President-Elect (through translator):

    The way to solve our differences is to respect the law and each other.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Both the outgoing and incoming presidents are members of the pro-business and pro-trade party known as PAN. But the PAN victory has been under challenge since election night by the candidate of the more left-wing PRD Party, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO.

    Lopez Obrador has called his supporters to the streets of Mexico City and across the country to protest what he labeled a fraudulent election and vote count. After promising earlier this year to accept the voters' verdict, Lopez Obrador later said he would refuse to accept the electoral court's ruling. He promised to establish a parallel government, even though the court's ruling is final and cannot be appealed.

    Lopez Obrador spoke last night, just ahead of the ruling.

  • ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR, Mexican Presidential Candidate (through translator):

    We are defending our rights, because the people's will is not being respected, and because they want to steal the presidency of Mexico from us. We all have a legitimate right to defend ourselves.