Today Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador finds out who his friends are. Mexico’s defeated presidential candidate has called a rally in support of his claims to be Mexico’s new leader after a poll he says was flawed by “irregularities”. But it will be a peaceful protest says PRD party leaders: “We will follow the law. We have never acted with violence and we never will. We are calling for a peaceful gathering”, say officials.
Lopez Obrador came within less than a percentage point of victory and has gone to the courts to try to force a vote-for-vote recount. EU observers ruled out any major fraud or failures in the system. However, winning with just 35 percent of the vote means president-elect Felipe Calderon may tread carefully.