Reform key to victory in Mexico’s drug war

MEXICO CITY, July 10, 2012 – Success in Mexico’s crackdown on drug cartels depends more on overhauling the country’s judicial system and cleaning dirty money out of politics than adding more cops and guns, experts here say.

Mexico’s next president, Enrique Pena Nieto, will inherit the country’s long drug war — and the resilient cartels’ blood-soaked trail of kidnappings, beheadings and mass graves — when he takes office on December 1.

The telegenic 45-year-old leader has promised to quickly bring down the homicide rate — more than 50,000 people have been killed since 2006 — and has vowed to form a national gendarmerie to replace corrupt local police.

Reform key to victory in Mexico’s drug war

 

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