New Mexican president announces multipronged strategy against drug-related violence
Enrique Pena Nieto, the president of Mexico, announced Monday a tougher stance on violence related to drugs, including special units to deal with kidnappings, and more crime prevention.
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"Pena Nieto's government is looking to anticipate events and will try to correct the previous government's mistakes."
Summing up the work that lay ahead, Pena Nieto's Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong presented a damning indictment of Calderon's record.
"Spending on security more than doubled and unfortunately crimes went up too," he said, adding that only about "one in 100 crimes" went punished in Mexico between 2006 and 2012.
Kidnapping rose 83 percent over the period, violent robbery by 65 percent and extortion by 40 percent, Osorio Chong said.
Pena Nieto said that modernizing the police, improving coordination between the security services and carrying out ongoing appraisals of law enforcement officials were all crucial elements in his vision of a safer Mexico.
Police and the judiciary are widely seen as corrupt in Mexico, taking payments from drug gangs that often offer them far more money than they make on the job.
Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, which he returned to power after 12 years on the sidelines, ruledMexico between 1929 and 2000, and many blame it for helping foment corruption. He says the party has left that past behind.