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Weekly Report - 24 January 2019 (WR-19-03)

MEXICO: Tlahuelilpan calamity adds to sense of crisis

The death of at least 90 people following an explosion at a suspected clandestine tap on an oil pipeline near the town of Tlahuelilpan, in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, has added to the sense that the new anti-oil theft strategy adopted by the government is doing more harm than good. It has certainly raised serious questions about the implementation of the strategy and whether it must now be reviewed despite President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s insistence that his government will continue with it until all forms of oil theft are eradicated.

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