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Mexico: President Nieto blames crime surge on police01:57

Mexico: President Nieto blames crime surge on police

Mexico, Mexico City
September 4, 2018 at 03:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto blamed state and local police for a "surge of smaller criminal groups" across the country, during his final state of the union address in the National Palace in Mexico City on Monday.

"During the early years of the administration, we achieved important reductions in the levels of violence. However, this weakening provoked the surge of smaller criminal groups, without there being the necessary capacity on the local police level to effectively confront them," Pena Nieto said.

Pena Nieto also called for solutions to Venezuela's political and economic crisis. "Do not confuse non-intervention with indifference to what is happening in the world," he said.

Nieto is coming to the end of his six-year term and has so far garnered relatively low support. This is partly due to corruption scandals as well as the country’s continued plight with gang violence.

Pena Nieto successor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will assume office on December 1.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto blamed state and local police for a "surge of smaller criminal groups" across the country, during his final state of the union address in the National Palace in Mexico City on Monday.

"During the early years of the administration, we achieved important reductions in the levels of violence. However, this weakening provoked the surge of smaller criminal groups, without there being the necessary capacity on the local police level to effectively confront them," Pena Nieto said.

Pena Nieto also called for solutions to Venezuela's political and economic crisis. "Do not confuse non-intervention with indifference to what is happening in the world," he said.

Nieto is coming to the end of his six-year term and has so far garnered relatively low support. This is partly due to corruption scandals as well as the country’s continued plight with gang violence.

Pena Nieto successor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will assume office on December 1.

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