President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto faces the daunting challenge of halting Mexico’s vicious and ongoing drug war. Experts agree that one of his priorities will be to strengthen political institutions.
Since outgoing President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels in the first week of his administration, back in December 2006, more than 60,000 people have been killed, and the sickening violence, which spans the length and breadth of the nation, shows no signs of slackening.
Pena Nieto who’s employed a former Colombian general as a security advisor, says tackling rampant crime is his number one priority. He says that he’s going to create a new police force made up of ex-servicemen. Another primary aim is to reduce the number of murders, kidnappings and cases of extortion, which have significantly increased and which are grievously affecting Mexicans. He’s also pointedly and bluntly stated that the Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI, of which he’s a prominent member, has never and never will forge any sort of pact with organized crime.