Although election officials say final results from the country's July 6 elections will not be released before Wednesday, partial returns signal a victory for the ruling party's presidential candidate and an end to the party's 59-year political monopoly.

The Federal Electoral Commission late Monday called a recess until Wednesday, risking further criticism from political opponents who have charged the government with delaying the release of election results to manipulate the outcome.The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as PRI, conceded its presidential candidate, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, lost in the state of Michoacan to native son Cuauhtemoc Cardenas. The renegade former PRI governor along with the conservative party's candidate denied Salinas de Gortari the PRI's traditional victory of about 70 percent.

After five days of delays, the commission said Monday Salinas de Gortari led the presidential race with nearly 53 percent of the 13.4 million votes so far tabulated, followed by Cardenas of the leftist coalition National Democratic Front, or FDN, with 29.1 percent, and Manuel Clouthier of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, with 16.68 percent.