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Partial recount begins in Mexico
Supporter of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mr Lopez Obrador's supporters want a full recount
A partial recount of last month's disputed presidential election is under way in Mexico.

The official result gave a narrow victory to the conservative Felipe Calderon over left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Mr Lopez Obrador says there was fraud and has led a mass civil disobedience campaign to demand a full recount.

Thousands of his supporters have been demonstrating for more than a week on the streets of Mexico City.

The Mexican people do not want only part of the truth
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Electoral officials and foreign observers have said the vote was generally fair.

The electoral court agreed on Saturday to recount votes from about 9% of the polling centres.

But Mr Lopez Obrador said this was not enough, and vowed his campaign would continue.

"The Mexican people do not want only part of the truth," he said.

After more than a week of sit-ins which have paralysed the Mexican capital, on Tuesday Mr Lopez Obrador's supporters took over toll booths and allowed motorists to enter the city for free.

Mr Lopez Obrador has said the protests are just the start of a long-term movement for institutional change.

Official results from the 2 July election showed that Mr Lopez Obrador lost to Mr Calderon by less than 0.6 of a percentage point - or about 240,000 votes out of a total electorate of 41 million.

But Mr Lopez Obrador has given some 900 pages of what he says is evidence of electoral irregularities to the Federal Electoral Tribunal to press his calls for a full recount.

The tribunal has until 6 September to make its final ruling on the winner.

Analysts say if widespread irregularities are discovered, the judges could order a more sweeping recount.


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