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Mexico's Lopez Obrador Says PRI Used Animals to Buy Votes

In this Aug. 12, 2012 photo, farm animals sit on display at an event coined Expo-fraud as part of a rally supporting former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to protest alleged election fraud in Zocolo plaza in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

In this Aug. 12, 2012 photo, farm animals sit on display at an event coined Expo-fraud as part of a rally supporting former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to protest alleged election fraud in Zocolo plaza in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (AP2012)

Mexico's leftwing candidate in the last presidential election is continues to push forward with allegations of voter fraud against the triumphant Institutional Revolutionary Party.

But his most recent event wasn't just another political dog-and-pony show.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador brought a pig, a sheep and chickens to a news conference on Tuesday.

He 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.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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