Mexican clash over election

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The Independent Online
MEXICO CITY (Reuter) - Candidates for Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) claimed victory yesterday in elections for five state governorships held on Sunday, but opposition parties in two states objected.

The PRI candidates said they were ahead in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Veracruz and Oaxaca. But the joint opposition candidate, Rodolfo Elizondo, claimed a narrow lead in Durango state.

In Veracruz, the left-leaning Democratic Revolutionary Party's Heberto Castillo, accused the PRI of fraud.