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'Tomato King' to Protest Ruling Voiding Victory

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / MEXICO

September 09, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A migrant-turned-millionaire who became the first U.S. resident to win a Mexican mayoral post--only to have his victory overturned on residency questions--called for protests over the decision.

Andres Bermudez, 51, known as the "Tomato King" for the fortune he made in vegetables after migrating illegally to the United States 28 years ago, said he would travel to Mexico City this week to seek a reversal of the decision.

Bermudez was elected mayor of Jerez, in the central state of Zacatecas, on July 1. But on Thursday, Mexico's federal electoral commission overturned his victory, saying he had not been a legal resident of the city for a full year before the election, as required by law.

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