Mexico: Pena Nieto papers over security crisis

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers an anticorruption speech.
Mexico City, July 18, 2016: President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a speech during a signing ceremony for laws to enact Mexico’s National Anticorruption System (source: dpa)
  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto entered office four years ago after promising to tackle his country’s drug crime problem
  • Many of the measures he has implemented have fallen short, and he has shifted focus to economic reforms
  • Meanwhile, corruption has stretched deeper into state institutions, weakening security measures
  • The baseline forecast is for Mexico’s drug-related security problems to get worse before they get better
The inauguration of Enrique Pena Nieto as president of Mexico in December 2012 heralded a comeback by the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), based in part on pledges to fight the criminal gangs that had come to affect all areas of life in the country. But in almost four years the situation has hardly improved, as the president shifts his focus to economic reforms. The country’s perpetual security crisis looks set to continue.

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