Drug wars

Newly elected president of Mexico lays out plan to tackle drug war

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Photo: Carlos Tischler/Getty Images

Mexico's incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is hoping to tackle the country's increasing drug problem, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Mexico is "[reeling] from a militarized drug war," per Reuters. Obrador hopes to "rewrite the rules of the drug war," proposing decriminalization, taking military personnel off the streets, and honing in on the causes of poverty which feed into the drug war.

Mexico on track for most ever murders this year

Authorities at the scene of a murder in Acapulco in March, 2018. Photo: Francisco RoblesAFP/Getty Images

Mexico is on track to pass 30,000 murders this year, which would surpass last year's record high of 25,340 murders.

Three new reasons for the spike, per The Economist: As gang leaders get captured, gangs become “fragmented," leaving them prone to infighting. Second, gangs have begun to look beyond drug-trafficking to kidnapping and extortion. Third, as gangs spread to typically less violent states, there's a spike in rates in those states.

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