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43 students still missing

The President of Mexico pushes reforms to fight corruption after students disappearance


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he will introduce constitutional reform after 43 trainee teachers were allegedly handed by police to a drug gang and then brutally murdered. He pledged to bring corrupt local authorities under the "rule of law."
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Decapitated bodies of 11 people were found in southwest Mexico on Thursday, on the same day that President Enrique Pena Nieto announced a crackdown on crime and corruption.

The mutilated bodies were found in the same state of Guerrero, where 43 students had gone missing and feared massacred by a local drug trafficking gang two months ago.

On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed, and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police.

Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

President Peña Nieto has now come under significant pressure from protesters to take steps to make security forces more transparent and less brutal in the wake of the 43 trainee teachers being allegedly abducted by corrupt police in Iguala.

As a result of the last incidents, the president  came forward with a 10-point plan on reforming local authorities, who are often ill-controlled in the country’s municipalities. It is aimed at stopping the collusion between local governments, police, and gangs. The plan involves redefining powers in the penal code and adopting a special crime-battling law.

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