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Students’ deaths force Mexican leader to face up to police corruption

November 28, 2014
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President Enrique Peña Nieto wants to overhaul Mexico’s easily corrupted security apparatus.

Two months after the disappearance of 43 students which shocked the nation and sparked a major protest movement, Mexico’s under-fire President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has announced broad security reforms aimed at preventing the infiltration of local governments and police forces by organised crime.

Since taking up office in 2012, Peña Nieto has sought to play down the drug violence that has ravaged Mexico in recent years and divert attention to the raft of reforms his government has passed in the energy, telecommunications and education sectors.

But the disappearance and probable massacre of 43 trainee teachers in the town of Iguala in the crime-stricken state of Guerrero in late  September has made it all but impossible for him to keep avoiding the issue. The fact that dozens of police officers are accused of kidnapping the students and handing  them over to a drug gang under the orders of the Iguala mayor crudely illustrated the issue of corruption in local governments…

Click here to read this story in full at The Independent and find out what measures Peña Nieto is taking to fight corruption and enhance security in Mexico. 

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