Weekly InSight: The Bloody Road to Mexico’s Election

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In our May 10 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón discussed the challenging environment in Mexico as the country prepares for July 1 elections.

The vote, through which 18,000 public officials, including a new president, will be chosen, will take place against the backdrop of one of Mexico’s worst security crises in decades — 2017 was the country’s most homicidal year in recent history.

Politicians and candidates have been hard hit. At least 93 were killed in recent months, according to an investigation by the consultancy firm Etellekt, reported by El Economista.

During the first part of the conversation, Salomón and Bonello, who is based in Mexico City, talked about the changing criminal dynamics behind the rise in violence in Mexico, including the fragmentation of criminal groups as a result of the capture of a number of leaders. They also analyzed the feasibility of the proposals presented by various candidates to tackle the country’s security crisis.

In the second part of the discussion, they analyzed what changes in strategy in the future could improve Mexico’s security situation.

Watch the full conversation below:

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