Mexican presidential candidate 'will not recognise victory'

Leftist Mexican presidential candidate Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador HAS said he will never recognise a victory by ruling-party candidate Felipe Calderon and will declare himself as the alternative president.

He said his supporters will consider rewriting Mexico’s constitution, saying the country needs a "radical transformation".

“We don’t want cosmetic changes,” Lopez Obrador told thousands gathered yesterday in Mexico City’s main plaza, the Zocalo, where he has been sleeping in a tent for five weeks to protest the July 2 presidential elections.

He and his backers erected protest camps in the heart of the capital in support of his fight for Mexico's highest office.

Lopez Obrador, who claims fraud and dirty tricks robbed him of the presidency, has called supporters to hold a "democratic convention” September 16 in the Zocalo – the same day and place Mexico’s army stages an annual Independence Day parade.

Calderon has said the election was clean, as have several international organisations.

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