Mexican election authorities will conduct a recount to determine who won yesterday's presidential vote, with nearly complete returns showing former Energy Minister Felipe Calderon in front by the slimmest of margins.
Calderon, of President Vicente Fox's National Action Party, had 36.45 percent of the vote, followed by former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with 35.4 percent, based on 96 percent of ballots counted. The two candidates, separated by 392,728 votes, both declared victory. A recount will start July 5, and authorities will say that night how long it may last. The electoral court has until Aug. 31 to decide any challenges.
From the London Times:
Moments after the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) said that a vote-by-vote recount would be necessary to determine Mexico's next president, Felipe Calderon, the conservative candidate of the ruling National Action Party, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist, former mayor of Mexico City, both said they had won.Oh boy!
"We have no doubt that we have won the presidential election," Señor Calderon told supporters after a night of growing tension in Mexico City, which prompted the outgoing president, Vicente Fox, and the head of the IFE to appear on television, urging both sides to respect the electoral process.
"Smile: we’ve already won," Señor Lopez Obrador told cheering members of his Democratic Revolution Party in the city's Zocalo plaza.
In other news, Al gore was said to have submitted himself to physciatric care upon vivid and painful memory-related hallucinations.
So we will know in August. But I'm sure there will be updates.