Mexican President-Elect Lopez Obrador Will Be Presenting A Plan To Begin Negotiations To End The Drug Cartel War

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addressed supporters after polls closed [Edgard Garrido/Reuters]

Reuters: Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday will present a plan for a negotiated peace including reduced jail time as the country reels from a militarized drug war that has produced tens of thousands of deaths over the past 12 years.

The concept of “transitional justice” is part of the incoming government’s integral security strategy, Olga Sanchez, Lopez Obrador’s proposed interior minister, told Reuters in an interview.

Transitional justice typically involves leniency for those who admit guilt, truth commissions to investigate atrocities and the granting of reparations for some victims.

“Not only will it be amnesty, it will be a law to reduce jail time,” Sanchez said.

“We will propose decriminalization, create truth commissions, we will attack the causes of poverty, we will give scholarships to the youth and we will work in the field to get them out of the drug situation.”

Lopez Obrador, a leftist who handily won the presidency on Sunday, wants to rewrite the rules of the drug war, suggesting a negotiated peace and amnesty for some of the very people currently targeted by security forces.

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WNU Editor: Its an ambitious plan, and I can only pray that it will work.

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