Mexican president vows to beat violence, poverty

17:34, November 29, 2010      

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Mexico can overcome organized crimes and poverty, and the government will do more to that end, President Felipe Calderon said Sunday.

Touting achievements after four years in office during a broadcast speech at the National Auditorium, Calderon said Mexico has cut extreme poverty by 25 percent over the period, boosting citizens' purchasing power and shoring up the economy significantly.

Some 900,000 jobs have been created year to date and the country will have universal health care in 2012, the last year of his term, he told the audience on site that included his entire cabinet, state governors, legislators and judges.

The president acknowledged that many Mexicans feel insecure and uncertain due to nationwide violence waves, but said organized crimes and violence definitely could be defeated.

While vowing to step up government efforts to ensure security, he urged the public to do their part to bring peace and prosperity to the villages, towns and cities.

Upon his inauguration in December 2006, Calderon pledged to fight the country's chronic drug trafficking and organized crimes.

While progress was made in that regard, some 35,000 people have been killed in violence linked to organized crimes since then, according to estimates reported by Mexican press.

Source: Xinhua


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