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Weekly Report - 28 March 2019 (WR-19-12)

MEXICO: López Obrador wrestling with violent past and present

When Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office on 1 December 2018 he promised that the style and substance of his government would differ completely from that of his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). This was to be not just a change of government but a change of regime, ushering in Mexico’s fourth transformation. López Obrador celebrated the anniversary of the birth of his icon, former president Benito Juárez (1858-1872), last week by calling for unity and reconciliation, the latter also motivating his contentious decision to send the Spanish monarchy a diplomatic letter (and reveal its contents) requesting an apology for abuses committed during the conquest. But for all López Obrador’s focus on writing a new chapter in Mexico’s history, just like Peña Nieto he has been unable as yet to escape an old story: mounting homicides and insecurity.

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