Updated: Latin America round up

Join me for a dump of some interesting Latin American news stories from recent weeks.

On Monday, weeks after a partial recount of just fewer than ten percent of Mexico's polling places was completed, Mexico's electoral tribunal rejected leftist Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador's (known as AMLO) allegations of substantial fraud in the Mexican elections.

By next Wednesday, the tribunal must announce a final decision. According to supporters of both AMLO and conservative candidate Felipe Calderon, they will likely certify Calderon's victory. There is a very (very) small chance that the tribunal might annul the election based on the other broad category of charges relating to interference in the election by sitting president Vicente Fox (Calderon, of Fox's PAN party, was a member of Fox's cabinet).

It's unfortunate for Mexicans' faith in the electoral process that a more complete recount wasn't ordered. The tribunal has not yet released the actual results of the recount, for reasons that are beyond me.

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