Officials begin recount in Mexico
Authorities re-tally 9 percent of votes.

Published Thursday, August 10, 2006

MEXICO CITY (AP) РElectoral officials fanned out across the country yesterday to begin a partial recount in Mexico̢s tight presidential election, while leftists alleging vote fraud blocked bank headquarters in the capital and vowed to take their disruptive protests nationwide.

Guarded by soldiers and monitored by electoral judges and representatives of all of Mexicoâs five political parties, authorities started sifting through ballots cast at 11,839 polling booths, about 9 percent of the 130,000 booths used during the July 2 election.

The count must finish by Sunday. The Federal Electoral Tribunal will review the results and can then declare a president-elect by Sept. 6, annul the election or order a greater recount.

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