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The 2006 Mexican Presidential Election: Democratic Development Or Democratic Debacle?

Journal of Third World Studies, 2008, Spring, 25, 1

Journal of Third World Studies

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INTRODUCTION Five days after Mexico's July 2nd presidential election, in the midst of growing public anxiety over an election in which preliminary results had been much too narrow to call, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) declared Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) the "winner" over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). The final vote count, issued by the IFE, showed that Calderon had obtained 35.89% while Lopez Obrador had received 35.31%, giving the PAN candidate a victory by a slim half of a percentage point. Despite the declaration, Lopez Obrador refused to concede defeat. It was not just that Felipe Calderon had won by such a narrow margin. Lopez Obrador called for an official recount of the vote because he suspected that the election had been fraudulently stolen from him.