Mexico still does not know who its next president will be – two days after a bitterly contested election. An official recount gets underway tomorrow to try to separate the two main candidates, who have both claimed victory.
In the meantime, preliminary results show one of the pair ahead – by a margin of just over one percent. Armed with that narrow lead, Harvard-educated Conservative Felipe Calderon is confident he has clinched it. He has said his lead is irreversible – calling on political rivals to put aside differences in a spirit of reconciliation and unity.
But his leftist rival is not convinced. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says his team has found irregularities in the preliminary vote count. Claiming the result is full of errors, he announced that he plans to file a legal challenge.
All of which means that Mexico’s political limbo continues. The election campaign may be over but a long drawn out battle for the presidency could be just about to begin.