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Mexican Activists Block Foreign Banks to Force Full Vote Recount

Supporters of the man who narrowly lost last month's Mexican presidential election, Andres Manual Lopez Obrador, have blocked offices of three foreign banks in an effort to demand a full recount of the vote.

Demonstrators in Mexico City blocked the offices of U.S.-based Citigroup's Mexican unit, Banamex, as well as the British bank HSBC and Spain's Bancomer.

Mexican electoral officials Wednesday were to begin a partial recount of votes from the July 2 election. The nation's top electoral court ordered a recount in nine percent of Mexico's 130,000 voting stations.

Mr. Lopez Obrador and his supporters are demanding a full recount of last month's election, in which he lost to conservative rival Felipe Calderon by six-tenths of one percent.

The electoral court has until September 6 to officially declare a president-elect.

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