Mexico?s election crisis took an interesting turn this week, when supporters of defeated candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected him head of a symbolic ?parallel? government. Obrador and thousands of protesters have demanded a full recount of votes cast seven weeks ago, but Mexico?s electoral court ruled that Obrador?s rival, Felipe Calderon, won the election with a margin of less than 1%.
The campaign hopes to spend the next six years opposing the rule of Mr Calderon.
Some commentators say the “election” of a parallel administration will help reduce the possibility of radical street demonstrations.
One supporter, Lidia Alvarado, said: “It is going to be very rough for Calderon. Wherever he goes, we’ll be there to remind him he became president through fraud.”