miércoles, 25 de julio de 2012

Mexican party turns poll accusations on rivals

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which was declared winner in Mexico's July general elections amid accusations of malpractice and illicit financing, threw similar charges on 23 July at the rival Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and its allies, which have demanded inquiries into the PRI campaign, the Associated Press reported. The PRD scoffed at the charges. PRI president Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said in Mexico City that leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador's campaign had received money of "public fund origins" provided by socialist administrations in localities and channelled through an NGO. He said the PRI formally asked the IFE, the election authority, on 8 June to investigate Honestidad Valiente, a group linked to López Obrador, which Joaquín said handled the equivalent of about 89 million USD in contributions destined for his campaign. The PRI, he said, wanted to know now where relevant investigations stood, adding that the leftist coalition had  exceeded a campaign spending limit set at the equivalent of 25 million USD. A López Obrador spokesman César Yáñez told AP "this is absurd, hopefully the IFE will resolve the case" fast. "Who would believe" the charges, he asked?