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Pigs, sheep, chickens bought votes in Mexico election

Wednesday, August 15, 2012    

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — It wasn't just another political dog-and-pony show.

Mexico's leftist presidential candidate brought a pig, a sheep and chickens to a news conference yesterday.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the animals were given to voters by the Institutional Revolutionary Party in exchange for votes.

Lopez Obrador has filed court appeals against election results showing he finished 6.6 percentage points behind the candidate of the party known as the PRI, which earlier ruled Mexico for 71 years.

The pig was the most vocal of the group.

The sheep quietly munched on grass placed on the floor of Lopez Obrador's headquarters, while the chicken and some turkeys pecked aimlessly.

Lopez Obrador's supporters say the PRI also handed out gift cards and household goods during the campaign, accusations the PRI denies.

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