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Tribunal expected to uphold Calderon win

Scott Jagow Sep 5, 2006

SCOTT JAGOW: Mexico’s presidential election has dragged on for weeks now with the result in doubt, but this morning, the head of an election court said conservative Felipe Calderon won.

The rest of the tribunal’s expected to make the decision final later today, but there could be another legal battle looming.

Businesses are suing Calderon’s opponent Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. His supporters have been protesting the election by jamming up the streets of Mexico City. And the businesses say that has really hurt their bottom line.

Frank Contreras is a reporter in Mexico City.

FRANC CONTRERAS: The businesses that have been most affected are in the financial district in the center part of the city. That’s where you’ll find luxury hotels and many restaurants, and they’ve lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the weeks that Lopez Obrador has been in the streets. Manay employees have been laid off in fact and so businesses have taken a direct hit on this.

JAGOW: But Lopez – Obrador vows to keep up the protests, even until the next presidential election, six years from now.

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