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Partial recount in Mexico presidential election

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Partial recount in Mexico presidential election


Following allegations of fraud, Mexico’s electoral commission has announced there will be a partial recount of votes cast in the country’s presidential poll.

Election authorities will reopen more than half the ballot boxes in areas where there was a difference of one percent or less between the top two candidates.

This move does not go far enough for leftist hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is the runner-up, according to preliminary results.

Obrador is refusing to concede, demanding a full recount and accusing his rival Enrique Pena Nieto of fraud.

Initial results give centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Pena Nieto a 6.5 per cent lead.

Protesters are also accusing Pena Nieto of fraud in Sunday’s ballot. However, after he lost to Felipe Calderon six years ago, Pena Nieto’s supporters flocked to the streets when a recount was ruled out.

The official result is due on Thursday.

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