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Mexican president vows to fight against drugs, crime
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16:12, December 02, 2007

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Cracking down on drugs and crimes is still one of the top priorities for Mexico's government, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Saturday.

"The biggest threat to Mexico's future is lack of public safety and organized crime. But with one year in office, I am more convinced than ever that we are going to win this battle," Calderon said in a speech at the National Palace.

Mexico launched a campaign against organized drug crimes across the country in January, among which 23.5 metric tons of cocaine were seized last month, and this was the world's biggest single cocaine bust, the president said.

Calderon took office as president on Dec. 1 last year after a controversial win over his left-wing rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by a margin of 0.56 percent in the presidential campaign.

He was then declared president-elect by the Federal Electoral Tribunal, while Lopez Obrador rejected the tribunal's decision and said he would never accept Calderon as president.

"A year ago there was an atmosphere of division, rancor and uncertainty. Today it's clear to me that Mexico will move forward," Calderon said.

Source: Xinhua



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