Weekly Report - 20 May 2021 (WR-21-20)

MEXICO: Insecurity re-emerges as electoral issue

Insecurity and violence have been major problems in Mexico for well over a decade. In the 2018 general election President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) campaigned on a platform that pledged to improve public security and significantly reduce the violence linked to organised criminal activity. Two-and-a-half years on, as López Obrador and Morena prepare for the 6 June midterm federal legislative, state, and municipal elections the perception is that there has not been a substantive improvement on this front and that things remain every bit as bad as they were if not worse. Recent developments in the north-western state of Sonora show that this could start to have electoral implications.

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