Bloody Mexico: AMLO government 5% away from doubling Calderón’s homicide rate in the same period

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The president’s administration has accumulated 86,512 intentional homicides in its first 25 months, while the former president’s six-year term had 102,859 victims

The violence in Mexico does not stop and the figures of intentional homicides continue to increase. According to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), in the first 25 months of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government, 86,512 murders have been registered, a figure that is only 5 % away from doubling the number of victims that Felipe Calderón Hinojosa had in his entire six-year term.

According to the SESNSP, during the six years of Calderón’s administration, from December 2006 to November 2012, there were 102,859 victims of intentional homicide, which means that López Obrador’s government is 16,347 murders away from reaching that figure.

The data also show that in the first two years of AMLO’s term, there have been more murders than in the first four years of Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, which registered 63,457 victims from December 2012 to November 2016.

In addition, the current government has surpassed the number of murders that occurred in the first three years of Calderón’s term, which amounted to 47,804 victims from December 2006 to November 2009.

The states with the highest number of intentional homicides in the first 25 months of López Obrador’s government are: Guanajuato, with 9,521; State of Mexico, with 7,214; Baja California, with 6,798; Jalisco, with 6,626; and Chihuahua, with 5,686.

On the other hand, the states with the lowest number of murders in the same period are: Yucatán, with 112; Aguascalientes, with 287; Campeche, with 301; Baja California Sur, with 318; and Tlaxcala, with 365.

The president has repeatedly stated that his government is working to pacify the country and that his strategy is based on addressing the root causes of violence, such as poverty, inequality and lack of opportunities.

However, experts and analysts have pointed out that the federal government lacks a clear and effective security policy, and that the creation of the National Guard, one of AMLO’s flagship projects, has not yielded the expected results.

According to the latest survey by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), 66.6% of the population aged 18 and over consider insecurity as the main problem affecting the country today, followed by economic problems, with 55.6%, and health problems, with 53.6%.

Source: Infobae