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Vote recount shows Nieto clear winner

(Xinhua)

13:07, July 06, 2012

MEXICO CITY, July 5 (Xinhua) -- A recount on Thursday showed Enrique Pena Nieto of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) a clear winner in Sunday's presidential elections.

With more than 99 percent of votes counted, Nieto had 38.22 percent against 31.56 percent for his closest rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the center-left Progressive Movement.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate of the ruling National Action Party (PAN), got 25.43 percent in the third place. A fourth candidate, Gabriel Quadri de la Torre of the New Alliance Party (Panal), merely got more than 2 percent.

Although Nieto's win is hardly in doubt, Obrador still refused to concede. He denounced again on Thursday the elections as being "plagued by irregularities," including the PRI using the pre-paid cards to buy millions of votes.

A definitive count should have been announced Wednesday, but was delayed after vote-rigging accusations from Obrador's camp, which led the the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) to reopen and recount ballot boxes from half of the more than 100,000 voting stations around the nation.

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