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In just two and a half years of his six-year term, the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has witnessed more violent crimes than during the entire administration of former President Felipe Calderón, generally pegged as the Mexican head of state with the most violent term.

According to the government’s own statistics, during the first 30 months of the current administration (December 2018 through May 2021), there have been 72,892 murders committed in the country, with 86,370 victims, according the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP).

That figure translated into an average of 2,429 acts of homicides a month, or 81 a day.

In contrast, during the first 30 months of the Calderón administration (December 2006 to May 2009), there were just 30,572 murders registered nationwide,

In other words, during the same period of their respective administrations, AMLO’s government registered 138 percent more murders.

And compared to the 41,979 murders reported during the first 30 months of the administration of former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto — who served immediately after Calderón and immediately before López Obrador — AMLO’s government has registered a 74 percent increase.


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