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LA Times: Obrador May Seek New Vote in Mexico


Leftist to Seek Recount in Mexican Election

Lopez Obrador's aides also allege interference by Fox. That could lead to a demand for a revote.
By Héctor Tobar and Richard Boudreaux
The Los Angeles Times
Saturday 08 July 2006

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Mexico City - Top aides to leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called Friday for a recount of nearly half the votes cast in Sunday's presidential election and edged close to demanding that the entire vote be nullified.

The statements by the Lopez Obrador camp revealed a two-part strategy to deny a victory to conservative Felipe Calderon, who on Thursday was proclaimed the winner by a margin of little more than half a percentage point.

By insisting on a recount of about 18 million of the 41 million votes cast, aides said, Lopez Obrador hopes to overcome Calderon's official 244,000-vote margin. The leftist has been insisting since Monday that there were widespread irregularities in the tally.

Simultaneously, Lopez Obrador's aides allege that President Vicente Fox improperly influenced the vote - an accusation that could provide grounds for asking Mexico's electoral tribunal to nullify the election and order a new one.

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