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Officials checking ballot papers in Mexico


A massive recount is underway in Mexico to determine if conservative candidate Felipe Calderon won the country´s presidential race. Calderon´s left-wing challenger Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador, insisted he was the victor and denounced what he claimed were widespread irregularities.

“There is no doubt that the initial results were tampered with. We have evidence and we can prove it.”

Around 2.6 million votes were excluded from the first count due to lack of clarity said the Federal Electoral Institute. if the numbers are valid, Calderon would still be in the lead but by a much reduced margin.

“We could call for demonstrations but that is not going to make a difference to what the majority of voters have already chosen.”

Small-scale demonstrations in favour of Obrador have already been held across the Mexican capital. The threat of street protests has raised concerns about civil unrest spreading across the country.

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