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Lopez Obrador Demands Total Recount of Mexican Presidential Vote


Leftist Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched a sixth week of protests, demanding a full vote recount from the July 2 election.

On Monday, Lopez Obrador told several thousand supporters gathered outside the electoral court in Mexico City that he would not give up on his demand for a recount of all 41 million ballots cast.

The demonstration came two days after Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal ordered a recount at only about nine percent of the nation's 130,000 voting stations.

That move was applauded by supporters of conservative ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon. Calderon won the election by a little more than half a percent of the votes cast.

Lopez Obrador has pledged to keep up the street protests until he gets a total recount.

The nation's top electoral court has until September 6 to rule on any challenges and officially announce the winner of the election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.