Looking like the loser of a poll he says was riddled with irregularities, Mexico’s leftist presidential candidate is set to challenge the outcome in the country’s highest electoral court -and on the streets. Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are equally convinced the count was far from fair and that their man is paying the price.
With results from nearly all polling stations in, the former mayor of Mexico City was less than half a point behind his conservative rival. The mood in the conservative camp could not be more different. Activists celebrated in the streets, as Harvard-educated Felipe Calderon made it clear he was ready to take on the top job. Expressing respect for his adversaries, he has called for unity – urging Mexicans to put aside their differences.
As the festivities continue for some, the disgruntled left is preparing for a massive rally in the capital on Saturday. The fear now is of a wave of unrest as well as weeks of legal wrangling.