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.
He has already striven to sound conciliatory towards the opposition, offering them government ministries in the coalition he is seeking to form. “I am honest, I know there is no doubt who won. The PRD knows exactly how things were”, he said on Saturday. Today in Mexico City he may be able to judge the depth of popular feeling backing up Lopez Obrador’s claims.