viernes, 13 de julio de 2012

FARC renew mortar attacks on Cauca town

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) injured "at least" seven by throwing home-made mortars onto the town of Corinto in south-western Colombia on 11 and 12 July, in a continuation of attacks on local towns that have exasperated residents, the Associated Press reported on 13 July. Corinto is north of Toribío and Jambaló, two municipalities of the Cauca department subjected to intermittent bomb and gunfire attacks by the FARC. Locals have asked the government to remove troops and police and confer regional security to indigenous people, though officials have rejected this. Corinto's mayor Oscar Quintero told AP by telephone that by firing mortars, guerrillas hoped to exasperate residents into pressuring the state to remove its forces. He said it was a "bad strategy" for troops and police to be "stubborn" and remain inside the town, making the town and residents targets of guerrilla fire.

Candidate challenges Mexican election results

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leftist candidate and runner-up in Mexico's general elections of 1 July, formally challenged the results on 12 July, following his earlier allegations of fraud and malpracticethe BBC reported on 13 July. He said he had proof that money had been used to buy votes and that the electoral process had violated the constitution. López Obrador's challenge was lodged with the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) and was to be managed by a legal team led by the head of his election campaign, CNN reported on 13 July. He said "the majority" of Mexicans would not have voted for the winning candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in "free elections." His team would try and establish with the IFE several alleged violations by the PRI including surpassing legal limits set for campaign spending by about 1,000 per cent, vote buying, coercion of voters and use of "manipulated" opinion polls as "propaganda" designed "to confuse" voters. The PRI's president Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said in Mexico City that day that López Obrador was a "bad loser" and the PRI would defend its "legitimate" victory before relevant courts, CNN reported.