Felipe Calderon: Drug Cartels Threaten Democracy

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Mexico's President Felipe Calderon applauds as he attends a parade commemorating the 101 anniversary of the Mexican Revolution in Mexico City's Zocalo plaza, Sunday Nov. 20, 2011. Mexico marks 101 years since the seven-year conflict began on Nov. 20, 1910 that saw peasant armies led by heroes Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa topple the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) | AP

MEXICO CITY -- President Felipe Calderon says organized crime is threatening Mexico's democracy through involvement in elections.

Calderon says meddling by drug cartels in elections is "a new fact, a worrisome fact, a threat to everyone."

Calderon urged the country to block such interventions in a 90-minute speech marking his five years in office Sunday. He did not provide specifics on how he plans to stop cartels from manipulating July's national elections.

His sister recently lost the governor's race in the family's home state of Michoacan in an election fraught with accusations of criminal manipulation. Prosecutors are investigating a taped phone call in which a cartel figure threatened voters and accused a rival of financing a candidate.

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