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Mexico: “War on drugs” is at a dead end

The Americas Post - Presidential candidate of the Mexican PRI, Enrique Pena Nieto.

After six years into a drug war, none of the top candidates in next Sunday’s presidential election in Mexico has offered a significant new strategy to win a conflict that has claimed more than 50,000 lives and terrorized Mexican society. In fact, the future of the “war on drugs” is a political mystery.

However, when they mention it, Mexican politicians emphasize the need for reducing the increasingly brutal violence, as they seek to address the concern that weighs most heavily on the minds of outraged Mexican voters.

The “war on the cartels” is the trademark  of outgoing President Felipe Calderon´s administration, and the candidates do not want to be involved in this long and bloody conflict.

The candidate whom polls show most likely to win the election, Enrique Peña Nieto, from the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) , comes under special scrutiny in his security platform because of his party’s past ties with the cartels.