Mon, Dec 03, 2012 - Page 7 News List

Protests meet new Mexican president

FIRST-DAY JITTERS:As Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was being sworn in, violent rallies hit the Congress, with demonstrators sounding the death of democracy

AFP, MEXICO CITY

Pena Nieto wants to push through structural reforms to boost Mexico, which posted stronger growth than regional powerhouse Brazil last year.

However, he faces a relentless battle against powerful drug cartels, who continue to smuggle crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana to the US even though 25 of the 37 most-wanted kingpins have been captured or killed.

Calderon deployed 50,000 troops to crack down on criminal groups such as the Sinaloa, Zetas and Gulf cartels, but analysts say the strategy backfired as the captures generated fresh street battles for control of trafficking routes.

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