Hardline right-wing monolith loses power in Oaxaca
Opposition candidate, Gabino Cué, leads "Peace and Progress" Coalition to victory in traditional PRI stronghold
Five hours since the cable- and Internet-television editions of the Mexican national newspaper, Milenio, announced that a left-right coalition had ended the 80-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the southern state of Oaxaca, mediatic and pre-emptive legal battles rage.
For now, the viewing public has been the only victim of the local and national mud-slinging and rally of fraud accusations that are par for the course in a young and innocent democratic process.
The television company itself has come under fire from the losing PRI party, who claims that the media source divulged the results of exit polls before the eight-o'clock-in-the-afternoon deadline set by Oaxacan law.
The Milenio presenter maintaining control over the multi-faceted live coverage of these elections, Ciro Gómez Leyva, has called the PRI´s reaction one full of "defamation and lies" and "desperate" even after receving a live telephone call from the PRI representative in Oaxaca, Carlos Jiménez Macías - incredibly, not the losing candidate himself, Eviel Pérez Magaña, who did not show his face until 4 hours after the result had been "illegally" revealed by the exit poll data chosen as significant by Milenio.
In the centre of Oaxaca, PRI supporters gather optimistically in the Alameda plaza (adjoining the town square), whilst supporters of Gabino Cué Monteagudo, candidate for the left wing Democratic Revolution Party (Partido de Revolución Democrática, PRD), the Labour Party (Partido de Trabajo, PT) and their temporary ally, the right-wing National Action Party (Partido de Acción Nacional, PAN), enjoy an unexpected but well-earned victory in the conflictive southern state.
Cué Monteagudo won a federal senator seat in the elections of 2006, that took place during the sociopolitical Oaxaca Conflict that claimed 25 lives of teachers and protestors asking for the removal of governor Ulises Ruíz Ortiz.