Reporting from Mexico City — Rafael Acosta, the peddler-turned-politico whose maneuverings have captivated Mexico City for months, quit as president of its most populous borough Thursday amid allegations that he filed a false birth certificate when he ran.
Acosta, a leftist street vendor who goes by "Juanito," delivered his resignation after foes threatened to seek prosecution on charges that his candidacy papers were falsified. Acosta this week gave reporters conflicting birth dates, first saying he was born in 1958, then 1960. His family background also has come under scrutiny.
Clara Brugada, who fought Acosta for the job, threatened to file a criminal complaint. Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard will propose a possible replacement to local lawmakers.
Acosta's resignation apparently ends the drama that has swirled since July over Iztapalapa, a working-class community with nearly 2 million residents. At that time, Acosta won election as delegado, a mayor-like post, as part of a deal in which he would hand over power to Brugada, who had been ruled off the ballot after a disputed internal party vote.