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AMLO security moves could backfire in many ways

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Elected in 2018 pledge “hugs, not bullets,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel “AMLO” López Obrador came into office with a to end the country’s long, expensive, and ineffective war on drugs.

However, well into the second half of his term, AMLO appeared to openly turn his back on his pacifist agenda and this month proposed a popular consultation to determine the period in which the Mexican Army would remain in charge of the country’s public security issues, saying he is personally in favor of extending the Armed Forces’ mandate until 2028.

Less than a U-turn, this push for militarization…

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