Final results from Mexico’s presidential election have confirmed a razor-thin victory for the conservative candidate, Felipe Calderon. However, his main opponent says last Sunday’s vote was riddled with irregularities. The lead has swung back and forth between Calderon, of the National Action Party, and his leftwing rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
With just a handful of tallies left to check, Calderon pulled ahead to finish with 35.88% to 35.31% for Lopez Obrador- a difference of a few thousand votes. Lopez Obrador, of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, says he will ask the electoral tribunal to demand a complete recount of all 41 million ballots.
At a rally in Mexico City yesterday he said:
“We call on the people, our supporters, to join us in the central square on Saturday when I will make an announcement.”
When Calderon was judged to have won a preliminary count earlier this week, Lopez Obrador cried foul and protests broke out in the capital. Now there could be months of legal wrangling.