Enrique Pena Nieto decisively won Mexico's presidential election, the electoral office said Friday, issuing final vote results following a demand for a recount by his closest rival.
Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who had contested provisional results, scored 31.59 percent of the vote, against 38.21 percent for Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, according to final results by the independent Federal Electoral Institute.
IFE also gave Josefina Vazquez Mota, of President Felipe Calderon's ruling National Action Party, or PAN, 25.41 percent of the vote.
The results were announced after a recount of at least half of the country's 143,144 polling stations. Lopez Obrador, who steadfastly claimed that a massive vote-buying scheme had been used, had demanded a full recount.
Lopez Obrador held an evening press conference Thursday reiterating his claim that the PRI sought to "buy" votes by distributing 1.8 million gift cards worth "billions of pesos."
The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) candidate did not, however, call for mass protests in the same way as he did in 2006, when he lost by less than one percent, claimed fraud and organized demonstrations that paralyzed Mexico City for over a month.