Fury as Mexico presidential candidate pitches amnesty for drug cartel kingpins

Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador says he wants a dialogue on the medication war that has expensed the country an estimated 200,000 lives over the last decade

A leading Mexican presidential candidate has been accused of wanting to explore a enter into negotiations with the demon in an attempt to bring peace to the country.

Speaking in the violence-wracked southern state of Guerrero this weekend, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador floated the idea of an amnesty for drug cartel kingpins, saying he wanted a dialogue on the drug war that has expensed the country an estimated 200,000 lives over the last decade.

” If it is necessary … we will talk about awarding amnesty so long as the victims and their families are willing ,” he said.

He later told reporters:” We’ll propose it. I’m investigating it. What I can say is that we will leave no issue without debate if it has to do with peace and tranquility .”

The commentaries caused condemnation from Lopez Obrador’s adversaries in the political and business classes- many of whom are fazed by a surge in support for the populist leftwinger.

But his comments also brought accusations of extreme insensitivity, as narcotic cartels have been responsible for horrific criminal offences against challengers and innocent bystanders. Guerrero itself has being severely hit by a war for control of the opium poppy and heroin industries, and Lopez Obrador built the statements in a town where violence is so severe that his own political party, Morena, has still not been able to find a candidate.

” I would hope they never kidnapped, torturing, kill, vanish and burn[ his] loved ones ,” Jose Diaz Navarro, whose brother was kidnapped and killed in the area, told El Universal.” We’ll see if after this he would come to Guerrero to ask them for forgiveness .”

The proposal came as violence unleashed by a decade-long narcotic cartel crackdown proves few signs of slowing: Mexico lately registered its most murderous month in memory, with 2,371 murders recorded in October.

And supporters of AMLO( as Lopez Obrador is known) wondered aloud why the comments stirred such outrage in a country where legislators are widely seen as working hand-in-glove with the narcos.

Others argued that the proposal at the least offered an alternative to the current government strategy, which has depended heavily on deploying soldiers who have themselves been accused of grave human rights violations.

” For 12 years our country has undergone thousands of cycles of revenge. It’s not a bad thing to sit back and think about how more soldiers and more war will only perpetuate this ,” tweeted Andres Lajous, an academic.

Political maneuvering has already begun for the 1 July 2018 presidential election, but none of the parties or potential candidates have stimulated curbing the violence a central timber of their platform . . Analysts say legislators insure little profit in concentrates on an issue with no easy solutions.

But AMLO’s comments also prompted uneasy comparisons with the so-called pax mafiosa under which the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party( PRI) allegedly formed pacts with cartel bosses curtail violence.

Such a bargain would demonstrate impossible, however, as the country’s medication cartels have splintered, leaving few big boss left to negotiate with.

” It would not do much to stop the ongoing violence ,” said Tom Long, international relations professor at the University of Warwick.” The marketplace and the rewards would continue to exist, and different groups would continue to compete- often violently- over that marketplace .”

Lopez Obrador leads early polls, with a recent survey in the newspaper Reforma putting him 14 points ahead of the likely PRI candidate, the former ministers of finance Jose Antonio Meade.

When he took office five years ago, the PRI president Enrique Pena Nieto promised to calm the country and combat the crimes affecting ordinary people. He mostly avoided talking about cartel killings and violence and instead preferred to talk up an agenda of economic reforms.

Some said the outrage at AMLO pointed in the wrong direction.

” I think it’s very revealing of the media bias that they’re dedicating such time to this ,” said Viridiana Rios, intellectual at the Wilson Centre, a Washington thinktank.” The true tale isn’t what AMLO wants to do, rather what Pena Nieto has done so that we’ve arrived in this situation .”

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