posted on Jul, 6 2006 @ 12:38 PM
In an election eerily reminiscent of the last U.S. presidential election mexico's presidential election was won by a razor thin margin by the
conservative pro- U.S. Felipe Calderon. The results of the election will be challenged by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolution
Mexico's electoral crisis deepened today after a recount separated the two leading candidates by less than 0.5 per cent of the vote and the leftist,
Andres Manuel López Obrador, called his supporters onto the streets to protest against the result.
With 99.48 per cent of the vote reviewed by election officials, Felipe Calderon, a pro-business former energy secretary, led Señor López Obrador, a
former mayor of Mexico City, by 0.41 per cent, or just 170,000 of the 41 million votes cast on Sunday.
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the leftist candidate has urged on his supporters to gather in Mexico City, the country's capital, this weekend, fuelling fears that he will mobilise
massive protests that could lead to violence.
Obrador said he would challenge the result in Mexico's highest electoral court and that the results could not be accepted due to as Obrador puts it
"lots of irregularities". given these comments and the narrow margin the likelihood that Mexico's electoral stalemate could drag on for months seems
Obrador had led throughout the official count until he was overtaken by Mr Calderon with 97 per cent of the votes counted. And he has demanded that
votes be recounted manually, ballot-by-ballot.
Odd that this election seems so much like another recent presidential election, just coincidence or is it a trend showing that a nearly perfect split
in attitudes among voters is not only here in the U.S. but abroad also.
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