Mexico's leftist election loser calls for a recount

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Mexico's leftist election loser calls for a recount

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Supporters of Mexico’s runner-up in Sunday’s presidential election have applauded his call for a recount after alleging the poll was riddled with fraud.

It is the second time Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has contested an election outcome – he did the same in 2006. This time he is accusing the winning Institutional Revolutionary Party of vote-buying.

“Of 143,000 ballots, we can prove so far that there are irregularities in 113,000. In agreement with the law, when these things happen, there needs to be a recount of the votes,” said Lopez Obrador.

The winning candidate Enrique Pena Nieto denies the accusations. His success returns the PRI to power after 12 years in opposition. Sunday’s electoral observation mission has declared the poll a success.