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Mexican president promises reform
27 Nov 2014 23:11
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to simplify his country’s chaotic police structure and stop collusion between officials and drug gangs.
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It follows anger over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September.
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Mr Pena Nieto is under growing pressure from protesters to end impunity and brutality by security forces since the trainee teachers were abducted by corrupt police and handed over to a local drug gang in the south western city of Iguala on 26 September.
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The government says the students were almost certainly murdered and their bodies incinerated, but it is still investigating the case that has sparked the biggest crisis of the president’s two-year rule.
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"Mexico cannot continue like this," Mr Pena Nieto said in a speech to an assembly of Mexico's political leaders.
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"After Iguala, Mexico has to change," he added, speaking inside the ceremonial presidential palace in Mexico City - the door of which was set ablaze by demonstrators earlier this month.
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Promising a new law to stop the infiltration of local governments by organised crime, Mr Pena Nieto also pledged to reform the penal system and send a proposal to congress to unify multi-layered police forces in Mexico's 31 states.
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